Military kills 21 bandits, loses 3 soldiers, recovers AK 47 magazine in North West ― DMO

In continuation of their aggressive clearance against criminals across the North West states, troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY has killed 21 armed bandits, lost 3 gallant soldiers, recovered AK47 magazine.

In a statement issued today and signed by the Acting Director Defence Media Operations Brigadier-General Bernard Onyeuko, he said gallant troops have successfully cleared Unguwar Doka village of the marauders.

“On 24 September 2020, based on credible information on bandits attack in Unguwar Doka village of Faskari LGA of Katsina State, gallant troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY responded swiftly and immediately mobilized to the general area where they successfully cleared the village of the marauders to the admiration of the locals.”

Brigadier-General Onyeuko revealed that During the encounter, troops successfully neutralized 21 bandits while others escaped with gunshot wounds into the forest.

“Evident has shown the trails of blood along the criminals’ escape route in the area.”

He maintained that the gallant troops have successfully rescued 3 kidnapped victims including an 8 months old baby who has been in the custody of the criminals for more than 23 days.

“During the exploitation phase of the operation, the gallant troops recovered one AK 47 rifle, one AK 47 magazine and 3 Motorcycles from the fleeing bandits”.

“Regrettably, resulting from the encounter with the bandits, one gallant officer and 2 soldiers paid the supreme sacrifice while 2 other soldiers were wounded in action and are currently receiving medical treatment in a military medical facility and responding positively”.

He assured that the troops would continue to pursue the bandits into the forest and dominate the general areas with aggressive fighting patrols to deny them any respite.

The troops are further urged not to rest on their oars until the Northwest zone is completely rid of all criminal elements. The good people of the North-West zone are once again assured of troops’ commitment to the safety of lives and properties within the states.

The general public is also encouraged to continue to avail troops with timely and credible information that will assist in the conduct of operations to rout the criminal elements.

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