Troops of the Operation Sharan Daji deployed to Zamfara State and neighbouring states to flush out bandits from the area have killed 20 persons suspected to have terrorised communities there.

It was a major operation in a community in the state since 1,000 strong forces were deployed to the state.

Several other persons held hostage by the bandits were released by the troops, the spokesman for the operation, Colonel Muhammad Dole, said in a statement in Kaduna.

“In continuation of the ongoing Operation Sharan Daji, the troops conducted several raids and ambush operations in major identified camps and routes in Maradun, Tsafe and Zurmi Local Government  Areas of Zamfara State.”

He said during the encounter at DABAN- DOKA village near Dansadau, troops laid ambush along bandits’ identified routes where 20 bandits were neutralised.

"Some bandits escaped with gunshot wounds and several motorcycles were burnt.

"In one of the troops encounter with the bandits, two notorious bandits, Bello Danboko and Sani Maza, were eliminated in Yanwari ward near Yankuzo and Mai Tukunya  village near Dansadau all in Zamfara.”

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According to him, during recent clearance operation along  Mashema, Kwadi, Kalage, Gambiru and Kagara axis, heavy fight ensued between troops and bandits.

"However, due to overwhelming military fire power, a reasonable number of bandits were neutralised and their camps were set ablaze.

"This successful feat has created relative peace and spurred massive returns of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their villages in Zurmi Local Govt Area," the statement read.

He said the troops had begun aggressive day and night fighting patrols around Kyaranke and Giwabawa villages in Kanoma District of Maru area, following a tip-off on imposition of one million Naira levy each on the two villages.

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“Another tip-off led to the rescue and  recovery of kidnapped victims and the sum of N500,000 ransom from kidnappers in Subulu forest.

Colonel Dole also stated that the troops in their recent exploits, apprehended two notorious bandits, known for terrorising Maradun town and its environs.

He identified the alleged bandits as Muhammad Aminu and another one popularly called Yellow at Tashan Udda in Maradun.

They are undergoing interrogation.

Some weapons, ammunition, motorcycles, phones and large herds of cows were also recovered by the troops.

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The Force Commander, Major-General Mohammed  Mohammed, also assured residents of the state that "the troops are poised to ensure quick restoration of peace and safety in all the vulnerable areas in Kaduna and Zamfara States”.

Muhammad urged the public to continue to give credible information for the success of the operation.

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