Operatives of Zamfara Police Command foiled bandits planned attacks on some communities in Dansadau Emirate in Maru Local Government Area of the state.
It was gathered that the failed mission occurred on Wednesday, when the operatives carried out a preemptive strike.
In a statement by the spokesman of the police command, Gusau by SP Muhammad Shehu, said police tactical operatives deployed to some locations prone to bandits attacks in Dansadau Emirate received distress call about bandits plan to attack the communities.
“The operatives responded promptly and moved to the location with a view of repelling the attack.
“A serious gun battle ensued between the bandits and the operatives forced the hoodlums to flee into the forest with possible gunshot wounds.”
He said that two AK-47 rifles with 35 rounds of live ammunition and some charms belonging to the bandits were recovered.
Mr Shehu also said that the command had arrested 16 suspects for alleged offences, ranging from banditry, rustling, kidnapping, culpable homicide, armed robbery and car snatching.
“The command’s new crime fighting strategy is yielding positive result as it is currently curtailing the lingering insecurity bedevilling the state.
“Two suspects were arrested for kidnaping and rustling in some parts of Bukkuyum and Gusau LGAs. The command also succeeded in the arrest of bandits kingpin of Kwatarkwashi town in Bungudu LGA,” he said.
The imagemaker said that an suspected bandit kingpin, known for terrorising villages in Tsafe LGA and the outskirts of Gusau, the state capital, has also been apprehended.
Meanwhile, he said another suspected notorious criminal was arrested by the Joint Police.