- Operatives of the Nigerian Army have averted what could have been a bloody clash in Benue state
- This was sequel to information received about the planned attack on Katsina - Ala town by Shitile armed bandits
- The troop recovered two AK 47 rifles and 198 7.62 mm rounds of NATO ammunition from the bandits
Troops of 72 Special Forces Battalion Makurdi, deployed for internal security operation in Katsina -Ala LGA of Benue, have averted what could have been a terrible clash between two Tiv clans - Shitile and Ikyora.
The Nigerian Army, in a statement released on Monday, April 22 by its acting director of public relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, made this known, saying the force swung into action upon receiving intelligence reports of the planed attack.
Sagir said the 72 SF battalion troops immediately laid an ambush for the armed bandit along the suspected route where they intercepted the armed fighters.
According to him, "there was an exchange of fire between the armed fighters and the soldiers'' in which five of the bandits died, while 1 general purpose machine gun, 2 AK 47 rifles, 198 7.62 mm rounds of NATO ammunition were recovered.
Other items recovered from the bandits included 16 7.63 mm rounds of special ammunition, 2 vehicles and 7 motorcycles.
The Nigerian Army applauded those who provided the information that led to the success of this operation, urging people with "useful and timely information to inform the nearest security agencies for decisive action.''
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that troops had killed six bandits in various clearance operations in Zamfara villages and arrested 18 of their informants, including a village head.
The acting director of army public relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, confirmed this in a statement on Monday, April 22.
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