Four people have reportedly died when troops of the Nigerian Army and bandits engaged in gunfire in a recent operation.
Reports obtained by Naija News on Sunday revealed that Troops of Operation Forest Sanity were carrying out a clearance exercise when they identified some bandits’ hideouts around Tsohon Gayan, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The State’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who confirmed the latest development to reporters, said the troops neutralized four bandits in the exercise and also recovered one AK-47 rifle, one magazine with 22 rounds of ammunition and one motorcycle.
According to him, Governor Nasir El-Rufai was delighted with the latest development and commended the efforts of the troops.
“This was conveyed in operational feedback to the Kaduna State Government. The troops made contact and pursued the fleeing bandits. Two bandits were neutralized during the engagement, while credible human intelligence sources revealed that two others died from gunshot wounds.
“Credible sources in the general area reported that two of the four neutralized have been identified as Dogo Mallam and Bello Mallam,” a statement by the Commissioner in Kaduna on Sunday read.
It added: “The troops recovered one AK47 rifle, one magazine with 22 rounds of ammunition and one motorcycle.
“Governor Nasir El-Rufai expressed satisfaction at the report and praised the troops for their resilience and courage in the latest success.
“Clearance operations will continue in the general area and other locations.”