Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji in collaboration with troops of 35 Battalion and Quick Response Group of 17 Brigade of the Nigerian Army have killed no fewer than 89 armed bandits in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
Five kidnap victims were also rescued by the troops while caches of sophisticated arms and ammunition were recovered during the special operation along Gidan Jaja in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
A statement by the Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche added that 322 rustled cows, 77 motorcycles and nine cell phones were also recovered from the bandits.
“Troops of Sector 9 Operation HADARIN DAJI on 24 April 2020 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, neutralised bandits, recovered arms and ammunition along Gidan Jaja in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
“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 7.2 (Special), one dane gun and one locally made pistol. There was no loss of troops or equipment on our side,” his statement read.
He added that formal handover of recovered items will be done in due time and the troops have been congratulated by the Chief of Defence Staff for their gallant efforts.
“Additionally, 322 rustled cows, 77 motorcycles and 9 cell phones were recovered. Five kidnapped victims, comprising 3 females and 2 males were rescued. The bandits’ camps were cleared by troops. Formal handover of kidnapped victims and rustled cows will be carried out following due process.
“The Chief, Defence Staff, hereby congratulates the troops for this commendable feat”.