In the series of operations being conducted by the security agencies to stop criminal activities in Taraba state, the Nigerian Army, under the Operation Cat Race Exercise, foiled an attack by armed bandits.

The incident which took place in Chachangi town of Takum Local Government would have been bloody, but for a distress call from the public to the troops operating in the area.

Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 23 Brigade, Major Kamarudeen Adegoke, briefing journalists at Ibbi Local Government Council, said troops succeeded in repelling the armed bandits following their prompt reaction to the distress call.

He said during the encounter, the troops recovered 1 locally made pistol with 10 cartridges, adding that one of the suspects was arrested, while others fled with gunshot wounds.

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The Army went ahead to parade the suspect alongside four others whom Adegoke said were arrested for arson. They are presently making available to the Army information that would lead to the arrest of their gang members.

The Assistant Director Public Relations, 23 Brigade, called on the public to report to security agencies any person seen with bullet wounds.

He urged the general public to continue providing adequate information on criminals around their vicinities to the security agencies as that would assist the agencies to flush out the undesirable elements from the state.

Since the deployment of the troops to the state on the 15th of February this year, hoodlums especially from the southern parts of the state have begun to relocate from the area.

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