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Troops of Operation Sahel Sanity have averted what would have been a deadly attack on Zamfarawa community in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State.
One of the bandits was killed, while several others escaped with gunshot wounds as troops engaged the criminals.
According to a statement by the Director Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko, the bandits invaded the village and rustled several cows.
The statement added that, “on 5 August 2020, troops deployed in Batsari LGA of Katsina State foiled a coordinated bandits attack on residents of Zamfarawa Kagara village in the State. The bandits invaded the village and stole several cows but while attempting to escape with them, troops arrived the vicinity and engaged the bandits, neutralized one, while others escaped with gunshot wounds. All the rustled cows were successfully recovered and handed to their rightful owners.
“Similarly, On 6 August 2020, troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Dangulbi arrested a suspected bandit informant named Rabiu Salisu, the suspect was arrested following credible information on his nefarious activities with bandits operating in the area. Also, troops deployed at the Forward Operations Base Bagega arrested two bandits’ collaborators named Sani Sani and Sani Abubakar who were reported to be specialists in selling of bandits’ stolen cows and other items.
“They were arrested while butchering a cow for sale and have since confessed to collecting it from the bandits during interrogation.”