The Nigerian Army has confirmed the death of a soldier as troops killed scores of bandits during an attack on Kabasa village in Zamfara State. Troops of Sector 3 Operation Hadarin Daji engaged the bandits and thwarted a deadly kidnap, the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, said in a statement on Friday. He noted that the soldiers stormed the village in Magami Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara following a credible tip-off on Tuesday while the criminals were attacking the villagers. Yerima stated that the timely arrival of the troops disrupted the attack by the bandits who swiftly engaged them while adding that the troops “Successfully neutralised scores (of the bandits) while others escaped into the forest with bullet wounds. According to him, one soldier unfortunately paid the supreme sacrifice and three others who sustained various degrees of injuries during the encounter are currently receiving medical treatment.” Nigerian army spokesman said, the soldiers have dominated the general area with aggressive patrols and have continued further exploitation and pursuit of the bandits into the forest.
Similarly, he said troops responded to a distress call that bandits were attacking Gidan Goga village in Maradun LGA. The troops swiftly mobilised to the area and engaged the bandits with superior firepower, killing three of them while others fled in disarray – some with gunshot wounds. The troops has also rescued two female kidnapped victims in Birnin Gwari LGA in Kaduna State. According to Yerima, preliminary investigation revealed that the victims were kidnapped 22 days ago from Kuyallo village in Birnin Gwari. Yerima noted that the victims have been given medical treatment while waiting to be reunited with their families. The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, has congratulated the gallant troops and urged them to keep up the good work and momentum until the entire North West zone is rid of bandits, cattle rustlers, and kidnappers, among other criminals.