The Operation Sharan Daji of the Nigerian Army, has neutralised 58 bandits and rescued 75 kidnapped victims at the Dumburum and Gando forests in Zamfara State.
Major Clement Abiade, the operation’s Acting Force Information Officer, in a statement said the troops in an encounter with the bandits, fought them till the “bandits were forced to abandon their camps due to superior firepower during these encounters.”
“On 20 January 2019, troops came into contact with a large gang of bandits armed with sophisticated firearms and Rocket Propelled grenades at Dumburum and Gando forests leading to fierce gun battles which lasted several hours.”
Abiade said the army recovered 5 Fabric National Rifles, 4 AK Rifles, 10 locally made rifles, 1 locally fabricated pistol and 40 motorcycles from the bandits while destroying 18 bandits camps and freeing the kidnapped victims from local communities in Zamfara State.
However, two soldiers and two members of the vigilante group were killed and eight soldiers and six vigilantes also sustained various degrees of gunshot injuries.
The wounded were immediately evacuated to the Federal Medical Centre, Gusau for medical treatment, while those with life-threatening conditions were evacuated by air for specialist attention outside the theatre of operation.
Meanwhile, Major-General S.O. Olabanji, the Force Commander of the operation, has commiserated with families of the fallen heroes and assured them that their sacrifices will not be in vain. Olabanji also restated the Army’s commitment to rid Zamfara State of all forms of banditry and criminality.