- Nigerian soldiers attacked the hideouts and camps of bandits in Katsina state
- Capt Kayode Owolabi, the spokesman of the 17th Army Brigade based in Katsina, said many of the bandits have been neutralised
- Owolabi said the two soldiers who were injured during the attack have been taken to the hospital for medical attention
A report by Daily Trust states that Nigerian soldiers attacked the hideouts and camps of bandits located around Jibia forests in Katsina state.
The newspaper adds that heavy gunshots were heard as vehicles and planes conveying the soldiers were seen moving into the forests.
Legit.ng gathers that the soldiers invaded the forests after Jibia town was attacked in the early hours of Wednesday, January 8.
Capt Kayode Owolabi, the spokesman of the 17th Army Brigade based in Katsina has reportedly confirmed the gun duel.
Owolabi said many bandits have been neutralised while two soldiers were injured in the attack.
At the time of filing this report, the Army spokesman said the soldiers were still after the bandits.
Owolabi, however, denied the claim by some residents that some soldiers were killed in the attack. He said the two injured soldiers have been taken to Katsina for medical attention.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that no fewer than 40 passengers were kidnapped in Katsina state when gunmen ambushed two Peugeot J5 buses on the night of Sunday, January 5.
The buses were said to be returning from a weekly market at neighbouring Jibia town on their way to Batsari town.
They were attacked around Ruma village. While locals alleged that about 40 persons were kidnapped, the police command in the state said only seven persons were abducted.
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