Two soldiers and two vigilantes killed as army battles bandits in Zamfara State

The Nigerian army has reported the death of two (2) soldiers and two (2) vigilantes as they confronts bandits in Dumburum and Gando forests in Zamfara State. The army also reported to have killed fifty-eight (58) bandits in the operation and freeing seventy-five (75) persons kidnapped by the bandits after several hours of fierce gun battle.

The operation’s spokes person, Clement Abiade in a statement reported that the operation was carried out at the forests on 20th January, 2019.

During the operation, as reported by the Nigerian army, eighteen (18) camps which had been the hiding places of the bandits were destroyed and the seventy-five (75) victims which were rescued had been reunited with their various families. He also reported that those who were injured during the operation are currently receiving treatment at various hospitals depending on the severity of their injuries.

The bandits were reported to have been in possession of various types of sophisticated weapons, firearms and rocket propelled grenades.

Upon discovery by the Nigerian army, the ensuing gun battle which lasted for several hours dislodged the bandits from their camps as a result of a superior firepower of the Nigerian army. The gun battle saw the death of fifty-eight (58) bandits while one of the bandits was captured alive.

According to the acting Force Information Officer of the troop, the arm of the Nigerian army which embarked on the operation which is referred to as Operation Sharan Daji unfortunately suffered some casualties which include the death of two (2) soldiers and two (2) vigilantes. Also eight (8) soldiers and six (6) vigilantes suffered various degrees of gunshot injuries.

The injured members of the Operation Sharan Daji are currently receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, Gusau while several cases had been airlifted to various specialist hospitals for further medical attention.

The Nigerian army had also contacted the families of the soldiers and the vigilantes who had paid the ultimate prize and had been buried at the Anka Cemetery according to Islamic rites.

The Force Commander of the Operation, Major Gen. S. O. Olabanji in commiserating with family members of their men who paid the ultimate prize during the operation said that the sacrifices of their loved ones will never be in vain as the army will ensure that Zamfara state is free from all manners of criminality and banditry which is the mandate of the Operation Sharan Daji.

The items recovered from the bandits include forty (40) motor cycles, one (1) locally fabricated pistol, ten (10) locally made rifles, four (4) AK rifles and five (5) fabrique national rifles.

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