Troops of the Operation Sharan Daji have continued their push to flush bandits out of Zamfara State and in their latest onslaught, 58 bandits were killed. 

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday gave an update on the activities of the troops in the North West and North Central region. 

It said the troops on January 20 came in 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. 

Army kills 58 bandits in Zamfara

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"The bandits were forced to abandon their camps due to superior firepower during these encounters.

"The casualty figures on the bandits' side were 58 bandits neutralised, while one was captured alive.

"Troops also destroyed 18 camps and rescued 75 kidnapped victims held in some of these camps.

"Unfortunately, Operation Sharan Daji also suffered some casualties in these encounters.

"So far, two gallant soldiers and two members of the vigilante paid the supreme prize," the statement read.

Army kills 58 bandits in Zamfara

Some tents used by bandits set ablaze by troops

The Army said eight soldiers and six vigilantes also sustained various degrees of gunshot injuries.

The freed captives, who were mostly from local communities in Zamfara State, were debriefed and reunited with their families.

According to a statement by the spokesman of Operation Sahran Daji, those who sustained injuries were immediately evacuated to 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.

In the course of the onslaught, five Fabric National Rifles, four AK Rifles, 10 locally made rifles, one locally fabricated pistol and 40 motor cycles were recovered.  

The Force Commander, Operation Sharan Daji, Major General S. Olabanji, commiserated with families of the fallen heroes and assured them that their sacrifices would not be in vain.

Army kills 58 bandits in Zamfara

Weapons recovered by troops

He also reaffirmed the commitment of the troops to ridding Zamfara State of all forms of banditry and criminality in line with its mandate.

The Army asked the general public to cooperate with troops and furnish security agencies with useful and timely information about bandits' activities within their domain. 

The operation Sharan Daji is being conducted simultaneously on collaboration with all security agencies and local vigilante to achieve synergy.

The current offensive is designed to identify and destroy bandits' camps/enclaves in the area of operation.

In line with the mandate of operation Sharan Daji, troops commenced clearance operations into bandits enclaves in Zamfara State and Katsina on 19 January 2019 and to last up till June 2019.

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