The troops of the Operation Thunder Strike, OPTS, on Monday night repelled armed bandit attack on the Kaduna-Abuja Road.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that many of the bandits escaped into the forest with gunshot wounds, having been denied freedom of action.
A statement by the Kaduna State Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said the armed bandits appeared along the pipeline axis of Kakau general area in an attempt to strike, when troops engaged and repelled them with superior fire power.
“When troops cleared the road for traffic, it was discovered that a driver was hit by the bandits who were fleeing the location.
“Also, two buses ran into a ditch resulting in injuries to some passengers, who were rushed to the hospital by the security operatives.
“The government was also briefed that the armed bandits, in frustration at being denied freedom of action, attacked Maiginginya village in Igabi local government area at around 3am and killed two persons, Nasiru Yahaya and Isah Bature. They also injured the duo of Magaji Goma and Zurkhalaini Alhassan.
“Similarly, the government was briefed that security agencies foiled a bandit attack in the early hours of today along Zaria-Funtua Road in Giwa local government.
“Two citizens were rescued and rushed to Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shika. Operatives are still carrying out aggressive patrols in the general area.
“The government sent its condolences to the families of the deceased, and prayed for the repose of their souls, while wishing the injured speedy recovery,” the statement said.
Reacting to the operation, Governor Nasir El-Rufai praised the troops for the bravery and courage exhibited in repelling the bandits.
According to him, the state government is in constant touch with the Federal Government, Military, Police, Department of State Services and relevant security agencies towards enhancing security of life and property.
He assured that the government would continue to keep citizens informed on the security situation in the State.