… The foil bandits’ attempt to move the whispered cattle
& Ibrahim HassanWuyo
Troops in Kaduna state reportedly killed nine bandits in a shootout while trying to cross from the eastern part of the Kaduna-Abuja highway to the western part, with a large herd of cattle stolen, yesterday.
This came when six bandits were also killed yesterday in a shooting duel between security officers and bandits in the Kurfi local government area of Katsina state.
The commissioner of the Kaduna State, Internal Security and Internal Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said yesterday that the troops acted with intelligence.
He said herders whose cattle had been stolen on the eastern part of the route alerted the army to take immediate action.
He said: “The troops successfully ambushed as the bandits entered the killing area and were greeted with a hail of bullets.
“After the shooting, a search of the area yielded the following: an empty magazine, a complete military camouflage suit, a set of desert boots, seven blankets, two Tecno mobile phones, a kaftan suit and ropes to tie cattle. A new search revealed the corpse of a bandit, 16 dead cows and three wounded cows.
“Furthermore, seven more bandits died from fierce gunshot wounds sustained in the ambush, as their bodies were mutilated. Troops, at the time of this update, are still conducting vigorous search patrols in the general area.
“In separate feedback, troops and police this morning (yesterday) thwarted another attempt by bandits to cross the Kaduna-Abuja highway with stolen cattle, this time around Greenfield University.
“The troops, guided by some local volunteers, who indicated the direction of the bandits’ movement, started a shootout with the criminals. Sadly, one of the local volunteers lost. his life.
“The body of a bandit was found with several rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition.”
Governor Nasir el-Rufai of the state, upon receiving the comments, congratulated the security agencies for the successful operations and urged them to keep pace with the ongoing offensives against bandits. He sent his condolences to the family of the volunteer, who lost his life and prayed for the rest of his soul.
6 bandits killed in gun duel in Katsina
It was also learned that 23 victims, including women and children abducted by bandits who launched an attack on Lambo village in the Kurfi area yesterday, were also rescued after the gun battle.
Katsina State Police Command spokesman Gambo Isah, who confirmed the incident, said that the bandits, numbering more than 30, fired sporadically with AK-47 rifles, attacked the village, killed two people and kidnapped 23 people (17 women and six children).
Isah said in an advisory, security agents immediately jumped into action and besieged bandits who led to the rescue of kidnapped victims and stolen livestock.
According to him, “At approximately 02:30 hours on Tuesday, bandits of more than 30, firing sporadically with AK-47 rifles, attacked the village of Lambo, Wurma Ward, Kurfi LGA of Katsina State, killed two people and kidnapped 17 women and six children.
“Personnel from the Nigerian Police, the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Air Force were alerted and blocked all possible escape routes.
“Consequently, the teams besieged the thugs between Ummadau and Kwayawa village and engaged them in a fierce gun battle, as a result of which six bandits were killed, the 23 kidnapped victims were rescued, 23 cows, 20 sheep and 31 goats. recovered, 12 motorcycles and a G3 rifle recovered.
“Search teams are still combing the area to arrest more bandits and / or recover their bodies.