Nigerian troops deployed in Operation Forest Sanity have killed at least eight suspected terrorists and seized six of their motorcycles during ambush patrols in Chikun, Birnin Gwari and Giwa Local Government Areas of Kaduna State.
The state Commissioner for Homeland Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, disclosed in a statement, the security agencies disclosed on Friday.
“According to feedback from the Kaduna State Government, troops set up ambush positions at the brigand crossing points in Buruku/Birnin Gwari areas.
“The troops engaged the bandits, killing eight, recovering four motorcycles and three mobile phones in the first successful mission,” Aruwan said.
He said troops engaged the bandits in a second mission and recovered two motorcycles.
“In a similar operation, troops killed two bandits during clearance patrols along Sabon Birni-Maidaro-Dogon Dawa-Galadimawa-Kidandan-Fatika axis.
“The troops recovered one AK-47 rifle, two magazines full of 52 rounds, six motorcycles and three mobile phones.
“The troops also cleared camps around Garke and Galadimawa in Giwa LGA, and recovered three Danish weapons, two magazines, some military uniforms and nine motorcycles,” the commissioner said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Aruwan said the governor Nasir El-Rufai the report was noted with gratitude, and he praised the quietness, courage and endurance of the troops in their successful operations.
Non-state actors have carried out relentless attacks on communities in the Birnin Gwari area. Criminal gangs operating in the area have killed and kidnapped hundreds of people in the area.
In the first six months of 2022, 645 people lost their lives in Kaduna. Most of the dead were from Birnin Gwari axis.
However, residents have acknowledged that renewed efforts by Nigerian security forces have eliminated dozens of criminals and their leaders from the Birnin Gwari axis in recent months.
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