Troops of Sector 3 Operation HADARIN DAJI of the Nigerian Army have neutralised scores of bandits when they stormed Kabasa Village in Magami Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Tuesday.
The operation which was carried out following a tip-off forestalled a kidnap and plundering operation by the bandits which was underway.
Unfortunately, one soldier lost his life while three others suffered varying degrees of injuries in the shoot out with the bandits.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima.
The statement read, “Following a credible tip-off, Troops of Sector 3 Operation HADARIN DAJI on Tuesday stormed Kabasa village in Magami Local Government of Zamfara State where armed bandits were attacking locals.
“The timely arrival of troops forestalled a deadly kidnap and plundering operations by armed bandits which were underway. They were swiftly engaged by troops who successfully neutralized scores while others escaped into the forest with bullet wounds.
“Unfortunately, one soldier paid the supreme sacrifice and three others who sustained various degrees of injuries during the encounter are currently receiving medical treatment.
“Troops have dominated the general area with aggressive patrols and have continued further exploitation and pursuit of the bandits into the forest.
“Similarly, on the same day, troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI responded to a distress call that armed bandits were attacking Gidan Goga village in Maradun LGA of Zamfara state. Troops swiftly mobilized to the area and engaged the bandits with superior firepower, killing 3 while others fled in disarray, some with gunshot wounds”
Yerima said in another development, troops rescued two female kidnap victims who were abducted 22 days ago from Kuyallo Village in Birnin Gwari LGA of Kaduna State.