The Nigerian Army says its troops have killed 21 bandits in the ongoing operations against cattle rustlers and other criminals in Anka local government area of Zamfara State.
Brig-Gen Texas Chukwu, Director, Army Public Relations, who disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, said many bandits escaped with gunshot wounds during the battle with the soldiers.
Chukwu however said an army officer and a soldier lost their lives in the fierce battle with the bandits.
He also revealed that the troops recovered five AK 47 rifles, a light machine gun, magazines and 35 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunitions at the end of the encounter.
“Troops of 232 Battalion Zuru, on clearance patrols on Wednesday, April 4, neutralized 21 armed bandits in encounter at Tunga Daji in Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
“During the fierce battle many bandits escaped with gunshot wounds to the top of high ground close to the area. “Unfortunately, we lost an officer and a soldier during the encounter.
“The remains of the gallant troops have been evacuated to the Federal Medical Centre, Gusau,” he said in the statement.
The Army spokesperson also revealed that troops deployed raided a camp at Laka village in Kebbi State, where they killed one bandit and recovered an AK 47 rifle with a magazine.