Troops repel bandit attack on Abuja-Kaduna way, scores escape with bullet wounds

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The troops of the Operation Thunder Strike, OPTS, has repelled armed bandit attack on the Kaduna-Abuja Road.

This was contained in a statement issued by Kaduna State Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan on Tuesday.

The statement said many of the bandits escaped into the forest with gunshot wounds, having been denied freedom of action.

‘’The armed bandits appeared along the pipeline axis of Kakau general area in an attempt to strike when troops engaged and repelled them with superior firepower on Monday night, ‘’said the statement.

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Solacebase reports that when the troops cleared the road for traffic, it was discovered that a driver was hit by the bandits who were fleeing the location.

“Also, two buses ran into a ditch resulting in injuries to some passengers, who were rushed to the hospital by the security operatives.’’

“The government was also briefed that the armed bandits, in frustration at being denied freedom of action, attacked Maiginginya village in Igabi local government area at around 3 am and killed two persons, Nasiru Yahaya and Isah Bature. They also injured the duo of Magaji Goma and Zurkhalaini Alhassan.’’

“Similarly, the government was briefed that security agencies foiled a bandit attack in the early hours of today along with Zaria-Funtua Road in Giwa local government.

“Two citizens were rescued and rushed to Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shika. Operatives are still carrying out aggressive patrols in the general area.

“The government sent its condolences to the families of the deceased, and prayed for the repose of their souls while wishing the injured speedy recovery,” the statement said.

According to the statement, Governor Nasir El-Rufai praised the troops for the bravery and courage exhibited in repelling the bandits.

Nasir El-Rufai said the state government is in constant touch with the Federal Government, Military, Police, Department of State Services and relevant security agencies towards enhancing the security of life and property.

He assured that the government would continue to keep citizens informed on the security situation in the State.

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