Troops of the Operation Sahel Sanity based in Faskari, Katsina State, killed ten bandits and lost one soldier in recent operations in various parts of the state.
The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko, made this known in a statement made available to journalists in Katsina on Tuesday.
He revealed that two other soldiers who suffered minor injuries during the operations were responding to treatment.
According to him, the troops also arrested two bandits collaborators and recovered some weapons during the operations.
The Defence spokesman said, “On 10 January 2021, troops deployed at Sabon Layi while clearing bandits enclaves around Maigora general area in Faskari LGA of Katsina State, came in contact with bandits at Unguwar Rimi, leading to a fierce gun battle.
“The troops were swiftly reinforced by another team from Faskari and supported by Helicopter Gunship delivering a lethal blow to the criminals thereby forcing the bandits to withdraw in disarray into the forest due to troops’ superior firepower.
”During the exploitation phase of the operation, 5 bodies of neutralized bandits were found while several others were suspected to escape with gunshot wounds as indicated by bloodstains on their escape route. Regrettably, one brave soldier paid the supreme price while 2 others sustained minor injuries during the encounter.
The wounded soldiers are in stable condition and currently responding to treatment in a military medical facility.”
Brigadier General Onyeuko also revealed that the troops on January 2, 2021, killed five bandits at Garin Garus in Jibiya Local Government Area, adding that further exploitation in the area led to the recovery of 3 AK-47 rifles and 2 AK 47 Rifle magazines loaded with 18 rounds of 7.62 mm Special ammunition.
He commended the troops for the successes and urged them not to rest on their oars until the northwest zone is rid of all criminal elements.
The spokesman also assured the people of the region of the Nigerian Army’s commitment to the safety of lives and properties within the zone.