Troops Neutralize Four Bandits, Dismantle Insurgents’ Treatment Centre In Kaduna

By Anne Osemekeh, Abuja

Troops of Operation Whirl Punch have neutralized four bandits, including one notorious bandit leader, during fighting patrols in Giwa LGA of Kaduna State.

Security analyst and counter insurgency expert, Zagazola Makama, who disclosed this on Monday via his X handle, said, according to the operational feedback, the troops conducted the special fighting patrol first to Tumburku village, and then projected the same to Sabon Sara, both in Giwa LGA.

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The troops, acting on credible intelligence, sighted bandits fleeing the latter location, and engaged the criminals in a hot pursuit. They neutralized two of the bandits, and recovered a range of items including a motorcycle, a mobile phone, gas lighters, tobacco, assorted charms, and a polythene bag containing petrol.

Another leg of the operation was conducted at Basurfe village, Southwest of Kindandan, where the troops fought through an ambush and forced the bandits to flee on motorcycles. A vigorous pursuit resulted in two more bandits being neutralized. The troops further exploited the area and dislodged a camp serving as a treatment area for the insurgents.

Recoveries made at the location included two AK47 rifles, one pump action rifle, three magazines, 16 rounds of ammunition, 1 Improvised Explosive Device (IED), 2 radios and 1 motorcycle, as well as cigarettes, drugs and medical accessories.

Reports revealed that one of the bandits neutralized in the operations was a notorious bandit leader Dogo Bangaje, who was eliminated alongside a close associate yet to be identified.

Receiving the report, the Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Uba Sani, praised the troops under the leadership of GOC 1 Division and Commander Operation Whirl Punch, Major General MLD Saraso for their efforts and congratulated them on the remarkable breakthrough.

He urged the security forces to sustain the momentum towards flushing out criminal elements from the area.

“Citizens are urged to report suspicious persons seeking medical attention in the general area to the Kaduna State Security Operations Room, via the lines 09034000060 and 08170189999”, Zagazola stated.

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