The acting Director of Defence, Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, Tuesday, said troops of Operation Sahel Sanity in Faskari and Jibiya local government areas of Katsina State, have killed 10 bandits and lost one soldier.
In a statement, Onyeuko said the incident occurred on January 10 at Sabon Layi, Unguwar Rimi and Bugaje communities of the state, adding that the bandits withdrew in disarray into the forest.
“During the exploitation phase of the operation, five bodies of neutralized bandits were found while several others were suspected to escape with gunshot wounds as indicated by bloodstains on their escape route,” he said.
“Regrettably, one brave soldier paid the supreme price while 2 others sustained minor injuries during the encounter.
“Consequently, on 2 January 2021, based on credible human intelligence about the movement of armed bandits sighted crossing Garin Inu in Batsari LGA heading towards Bugaje in Jibiya LGA both in Katsina State, troops deployed at Batsari swiftly mobilized and laid ambush along the bandit’s route at Garin Garus.
“While at the ambush position, the gallant troops made contact with the marauding armed bandits and engaged them with overwhelming fire power thereby neutralizing 5 bandits while others escaped with varying degrees of injuries as indicated by traces of blood along their escape routes”, the statement read.
According to the defence spokesman, the injured soldiers are in stable condition and currently responding to treatment in a military medical facility.
He explained that the troops recovered three AK-47 rifles and two AK-47 Rifle magazines loaded with 18 rounds of 7.62 mm Special ammunition.