Twenty bandits terrorising parts of Zamfara state have been killed by Nigerian troops conducting Operation Sharan Daji.
The troops also freed their captives following an ambush at Daban-Doka, an identified route of the bandits.
“In continuation of the ongoing Operation SHARAN DAJI, the troops conducted several raids and ambush operations in major identified camps and routes in Maradun, Tsafe and Zurmi Local Goverment Areas of Zamfara State,” said Force Information Officer of the operation, Col. Muhammad Dole.
“Some bandits escaped with gunshot wounds and several motorcycles were burnt.
“In one of the troops encounter with the bandits, two notorious bandits, Bello Danboko and Sani Maza, were eliminated in Yanwari ward near Yankuzo and Mai Tukunya village near Dansadau all in Zamfara.”
According to him, during recent clearance operation along Mashema, Kwadi, kalage, Gambiru and Kagara axis, heavy fight ensued between troops and bandits.
However, due to overwhelming military fire power, a reasonable number of bandits were neutralised and their camps were set ablaze.
He said the troops had begun aggressive day and night fighting patrols around Kyaranke and Giwabawa villages in Kanoma District of Maru area, following a tip-off on imposition of N1 million levy each on the 2 villages.
“Another tip-off led to the rescue and recovery of kidnapped victims and the sum of N500, 000 ransom from kidnappers in Subulu forest.”
He also said the troops in their recent exploits, apprehended 2 notorious bandits, known for terrorising Maradun town and its environs.
He identified the alleged abandits as Muhammad Aminu and another one popularly called Yellow at Tashan Udda in Maradun.
They are undergoing interrogation.
He said some weapons, ammunitions, motorcycles, phones and large herds of cows were recovered.