Troops of Sector 9, Operation Hadarin Daji have neutralised bandits, rescued kidnapped victims and recovered arms and ammunition along Gidan Jaja in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
A statement signed by the Defence Media Operations Coordinator, John Enenche, said the operation was supported by Troops of 35 Battalion and Quick Response Group of 17 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, two helicopter gunships of the Nigerian Air Force, personnel of Nigeria Police Force and elements of Nigerien Army.
“During the operation, 89 bandits were neutralized and unconfirmed 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.
“There was no loss of troops or equipment on our side.
“Additionally, 322 rustled cows, 77 motorcycles and 9 cell phones were recovered. Five kidnapped victims comprising 3 females and 2 males were rescued,” the statement said.
While commending the efforts of the troops, the Chief of Defence Staff said, the bandits’ camps were cleared and formal handover of kidnapped victims and rustled cows would be carried out following due process.