Troops of Sector 1 Operation Hadarin Daji (OPHD) have killed 10 bandits, rescued nine kidnapped victims, and recovered machine guns, ammunition, Solar panel and cash at Gada Zaima in Zamfara state.
A military source told NIGERIAN TRIBUNE in Gusau on Tuesday said the encounter occurred during the early hours of 8th August 2023 in the state.
“Troops of Forward Operating Base Danmarke acting on credible information on armed Bandits movement with some kidnapped victims from Sokoto state through Gadazaima village in Zamfara state.
“They immediately mobilised for an offensive ambush operation within the village and made contact with the armed bandits that lasted for hours”.
The source further disclosed that due to the troops’ firepower superiority, the troops forced the Bandits to abandon the kidnapped victims and withdraw in disarray.
“During the firefight, 10 armed bandits were neutralized while unconfirmed numbers of them fled with gunshot wounds”.
Also, in an attempt to escape troops” onslaught, several of the bandits drowned in a swampy river while 2 were captured alive during pursuit by the troops”.
“After the encounter, 6 AK 47 Rifles, 1PKT Machine Gun and 5 Magazines,20 rounds of 7.62MM Special ammunition, 3 Mobile phones, 2 Solar Panels, and 1 sewing machine were captured from the Bandits with the sum of N2,410,000 was recovered”.
According to the source, the 9 victims who are all from Sokoto state were successfully rescued.
“Unfortunately, 1 female abducted victim was killed by the Bandits during the firefight. All rescued victims were handed over to the appropriate authority to reunite them with their families”, the source revealed.