Troops of 223 Battalion, 1 Brigade, Nigerian Army, reportedly killed 18 and injured several armed bandits, thereby averting another attack on Dansadau town by suspected cattle rustlers and armed bandits on Wednesday.
Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, said in a statement, yesterday, that the troops who were on patrol were alerted by well meaning individuals.
The statement said, “The patrol team laid ambush for the suspected cattle rustlers and armed bandits who came in large numbers, on motorcycles and fully armed. It was gathered that they were enroute Ruwan Tofa and Babban Doka Villages in Dansadau District of Maru Local Government Area, Zamfara State, to wreck havoc on hapless residents of those communities.
“They also recovered 11 AK-47 rifles, one G3 rifle, one locally made pistol, 11 magazines of AK-47 rifle, a magazine of G3 rifle and 161 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition.”
The army spokesman said the troops destroyed the bandits’ camp at Babban Doka general area. “They are also combing the area for the remnant of the bandits and all those that escaped with gunshot wounds in the general area. We would like to appeal to the public to continue to assist with information on cattle rustlers, armed bandits and other criminal elements in their areas.”
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Source:: Nigerian Pilot