- The Nigerian military has eliminated 17 bandits
- According to reports, the bandits were attacked in Gwagwada district of Chikun local government area in Kaduna state
- Meanwhile, three empty houses and a church building were partially damaged during the attack on the bandits
The Armed Forces of Nigeria has neutralised 17 bandits in Gwagwada district of Chikun local government area in Kaduna state.
According to Defence headquarters, the operation was carried out by troops of Operations Thunder strike and Whirl Punch with air support from the Air Component of Operation GAMA AIK.
Many bandits were also reported to have escaped with gunshot wounds in the attack.
"However, in the course of pursuing the bandits, 3 empty houses and a church building were partially damaged at Kabarasha Village. There was no civilian casualty.
"The Armed Forces of Nigeria regrets this unfortunate incident and a panel has been set up to investigate the occurrence in liaison with the Kaduna State Government. The buildings have been identified with a view to providing adequate compensation to the owners.
"Meanwhile, calm has been restored to the area. Few people, who initially fled the area due to fear of bandits’ reprisal attack, have all returned to the community," the Defence HQ said in a statement seen by Legit.ng.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that a human rights researcher, Terrence Kuanum, has said that Nigeria's victory against Boko Haram insurgents has come to stay since the coordination of army operations by the chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.
Kuanum, an author of several books described recent victories by Nigerian troops in the Lake Chad Region as a positive sign that the recorded success over the insurgents will be permanent.
Speaking in Abuja on Friday, May 8, Kuanum said the last two months have seen the steady progression in the offensive being led by General Buratai against the terrorists.
He said the winnings all point to the direction of permanent victory as the terrorists are now in disarray.
Kuanum said for the 11 years he has been following the activities of Boko Haram terrorists and the efforts of the Nigerian and other governments to stop them, he has not seen a better coordinated and result yielding efforts like the current one.
The renowned researcher said: "I had the opportunity of following recent happenings in the Northeast and I must say this is an opportunity for Nigerians to feel proud as there is every indication that the war against the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists would soon be over permanently."
Further reviewing the steps taken by the army chief in recent operations against the terrorists, Kuanum said having a back-to-back victory show insurgents have been overwhelmed and are on the verge of surrendering.
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