The Defence Headquarters has said troops of Operation Hadarin Daji have killed about 26 bandits in different locations in Zamfara and Katsina States.
Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.
Onyeuko said the troops, acting on credible intelligence, killed two bandits in Bindim and Koli towns of Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara.
He added that the successful operation led to the recovery of 17 rounds of 7.62 mm of AK 47 and a motorcycle.
Onyeuko also disclosed that the same troops while on patrol at Gando, rescued seven males and two females kidnapped by bandits.
According to him, the victims have been handed over to their families, while about 42 cows and 38 sheep were recovered.
He said that troops are currently patrolling the area, which he said has helped to build confidence of the residents
Onyeoku further disclosed that the troops on March 19, responded to a distress call on the movement of bandits with rustled cattle within Gurbin Magarya, Kwari and Garin Gado villages of Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.
The army defence media operations acting director said 24 of the bandits were killed in the encounter, while 47 rifles, two locally made pistols and three dane guns were recovered.
“The public is hereby encouraged to provide credible information to the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
“The Nigerian military and other security agencies remain resolute to the conduct of operation towards security of lives and properties in line with the vision of the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin,” he added.