The Defence Headquarters on Tuesday said Troops of Operation Sahel Sanity have eliminated 10 bandits.
It also said the troops arrested their collaborators, informants and recovered a cache of arms in different encounters in Katsina State.
The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Benard Onyeuko, who confirmed this in a statement, said the troops had increased momentum of operations against bandits in the North Western zone.
Onyeuko said the troops had on Jan. 2, laid ambush on the bandit’s route at Garin Garus following information that bandits were sighted crossing Garin Inu in Batsari Local Government Area of the state.
He said the bandits were heading towards Bugaje in Jibiya Local Government Area of the state.
According to him, the troops engaged the bandits with overwhelming fire power thereby neutralising five, while others escaped with varying degrees of injuries as indicated by traces of blood along their escape routes.
He said that exploitation of the area led to the capture of three AK-47 rifles and two AK-47 magazines loaded with 18 rounds of 7.62 mm Special ammunition.
Onyeuko further disclosed that the troops arrested a suspected bandits’ collaborator named Ya’u Tukur at Sabon Gida village in Kankara Local Government Area.
He said that the suspect confessed to be working for a notorious bandit gang that had been masterminding nefarious crimes including kidnapping for ransom in various places.
According to him, troops are on the trail of other members of the notorious gang.