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Troops Neutralize Four Bandits, Recover Arms In Kaduna



Troops Neutralize Four Bandits, Recover Arms In Kaduna

Kaduna State- Troops of Operation Whirl Punch of the Nigerian Army have neutralized four bandits, including one ring leader, during fighting patrols in Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

In a statement on Monday, May 13, 2024, by the Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs in the state, Samuel Aruwan, said the troops fought through an ambush and forced the bandits to flee on motorcycles.

The statement read, “Security forces have reported to the Kaduna State Government that troops of Operation Whirl Punch neutralized four bandits, including one notorious bandit leader, during fighting patrols in Giwa LGA at the weekend.

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According to the operational feedback, the troops conducted the special fighting patrol first to Tumburku village, and then projected the same to Sabon Sara, both in Giwa LGA.

“Acting on credible intelligence, the troops sighted bandits fleeing the latter location and engaged the criminals in hot pursuit.

“The troops neutralized two of the bandits and recovered a range of items including a motorcycle, a mobile phone, gas lighters, tobacco, assorted charms, and a polythene bag containing petrol.

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“Another leg of the operation was conducted at Basurfe village, Southwest of Kindandan. The troops fought through an ambush and forced the bandits to flee on motorcycles.

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A vigorous pursuit resulted in two more bandits being neutralised. The troops further exploited the area and dislodged a camp serving as a treatment area for the insurgents.

“Recoveries made at the location included two AK47 rifles, one pump action rifle, three magazines, 16 rounds of ammunition, one Improvised Explosive Device (IED), two radios and one motorcycle, as well as cigarettes, drugs and medical accessories.

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“The reports revealed that one of the bandits neutralized in the operations was a notorious bandit leader Dogo Bangaje, who was eliminated alongside a close associate yet to be identified.

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The Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Uba Sani, praised the troops under the leadership of GOC 1 Division and Commander Operation Whirl Punch, Major General MLD Saraso for their efforts and congratulated them on the remarkable breakthrough.

Ubani urged the security forces to sustain the momentum towards flushing out criminal elements from the area.

Citizens are urged to report suspicious persons seeking medical attention in the general area to the Kaduna State Security Operations Room, via the lines 09034000060 and 08170189999.

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