“5 Kidnapped victims rescued
By Chuks Oyema-Aziken
A combined operations by troops of Sector 9 Operation HADARIN DAJ supported by Troops of 35 Battalion and Quick Response Group of 17 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Two helicopter gun ships of the Nigerian Air Force, personnel of Nigeria Police Force and elements of Nigerien Army has led to death of 89 bandits along Gidan Jaja in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
Major General John Enenche
Coordinator, Defence Media Operations
Defence Headquarters, in a statement said uncomfirmed number of bandits escaped with gunshot wounds.
According to him, Items recovered include 19 AK 47 rifles, 1 PKT machine gun,9 magazines, 167 rounds of 7.62 (Special), one dane gun and one locally made pistol were recovered.
“There was no loss of troops or equipment on our side.
“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.”