*Rescue kidnapped victims
By Augustine Osayande
Nigerian troops of Sector 9 Operation HADARIN DAJI on supported by troops of 35 Battalion and Quick Response Group of 17 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, with two helicopter gun-ships of the Nigerian Air Force and personnel of Nigeria Police Force and elements of Nigerien Army killed 89 bandits along Gidan Jaja in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State
Confirming the report, Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche, said uncomfirmed number of the bandits escaped with gunshot wounds
Enenche added that the troops also recovered arms and ammunition from the bandits.
“During the operation, 89 bandits were neutralized and uncomfirmed number escaped with gunshot wounds. Items recovered include: 19 AK 47 rifles, 1 PKT machine gun, 9 magazines, 167 rounds of 7.62 (Special), one dane gun and one locally made pistol were recovered,” Enenche said.
He said there was no loss of troops or equipment on side of the troops. Enenche also disclosed that 322 rustled cows, 77 motorcycles and 9 cell phones were recovered.
He said five kidnapped victims comprising 3 females and 2 males were rescued and the bandits camps were cleared by troops, adding that formal handover of kidnapped victims and rustled cows will be carried out following due process.
Enenche said the Chief Defence Staff congratulated the troops on this commendable feat.