One soldier was killed and ammunitions recovered during a duel between bandits and military troops of operation Sharar Daji and exercise Harbin Kunama III in various communities of Zamfara state.
The troops, while on patrol to KARA Market of Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara State, also arrested a suspected informant.
The arrest in turn led to the arrest of three other suspects Lawwali Denden, Salisu Na-mansu, Kabiru Kamarawa from Kamarawa village of Shinkafi axis and Mohammed Sani from Indiri village.
These were contained in a statement by Major Clem Abiade Force Assistant Director Army Public Relation Officer in Gusau on Friday.
According to him, the suspects have been handed over to appropriate security agencies for further interrogation and possible prosecutions
The ongoing dual military Operations Operation “Sharar Daji” and “exercise Harbin Kunama III,” is aimed at mitigating banditry and criminality that is on the high rise in Zamfara.
The troops in conjunction with the Nigerian Army Deep Blue Special Forces, NAF Air Component and Vigilantes while on clearance operation to ALJUMMA FULANI and KETERE villages in Zamfara State had a fierce encounter with large number of well- armed bandits.
Abiade explained that success was recorded due to superior fire power of the troops that enable the military to compel the bandits to flee and abandon their camps, which were set ablaze by the gallant troops.
“During the encounter, Seven (7) of the bandits were neutralized, while some escaped with possible gunshot wounds. Unfortunately, one soldier had paid the supreme sacrifice, 6 soldiers and a vigilante were wounded.
“Due to superior fire power of the troops, they were able to compel the bandits to flee and abandoned their camps which were set ablaze by the gallant troops.
“During the encounter, seven of the bandits were neutralised, while some escaped with possible gunshot wounds.
“Unfortunately, one soldier had paid the supreme sacrifice, 6 soldiers and a vigilante were wounded,” the statement added.