The 1 Division Nigerian Army Kaduna, on Thursday said that it had killed 10 suspected armed bandits and arrested a kidnapper in Chikun and Birnin Gwari Local Government Areas of Kaduna State.
The Deputy Director Army Public Relations, Col. Muhammad Dole, disclosed this in a statement issued in Kaduna.
Dole said six bandits were killed at Kidandan, along Dogon Dawa road, Unguwan Bilya, Sofa and Unguwan Nakuli villages of Birnin Gwari local government on September 10 by troops.
He disclosed that success was also recorded when troops cleared Kidan Isa, Gidan Haruna Mobale and Kuduru, where four bandits were neutralised while others escaped with gun wounds.
According to him, the troops on Operation WHIRL PUNCH under the Division were steadily making substantial progress in their efforts to rid the society of bandits and kidnappers in Birnin Gwari general area and along Kaduna-Abuja road.
He said, “During the recent clearance operations and routine patrols, they (troops) raided suspected kidnappers’ hideouts at Kidandan, along Dogon Dawa road, Unguwan Bilya, Sofa and Unguwan Nakuli.
“Likewise, in conjunction with the local vigilante groups, some identified escape routes used by bandits and kidnappers along Kuriga and Gayam general area as well as Maganda, Ciki da Parlour and Farin Ruwa, all located in Chikun LGA in Kaduna State were blocked.
He identified items recovered from the suspects to included, AK-47 rifle magazine, 16 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, one Dane Gun, a locally made Pistol, and two mobile handsets.
“During the pursuit, bandits abandoned four motorcycles and some valuable items which were subsequently recovered.
“The suspect is currently being interrogated by troops of the operation WHIRL PUNCH,” Dole added.
He identified the arrested suspected kidnapper as Musa, who recently kidnapped one Alhaji Ahmadu and two other persons from Kano.
He called on the general public to always provide credible and timely information for the continuous success of the operation.