The Nigerian Army has killed 7 kidnappers in Bauchi state just as it announced the destruction of several illegal refineries across states in the Niger Delta region.
The troops of the 33 brigade were said to have killed the kidnappers during a patrol of some villages in the state on Friday, September 9.
Vanguard quotes a statement from army public relations officer, Col. Sani Usman as saying that the troops were tipped off about the location and activities of the kidnappers at Lame Burra forest near Dutsen Ganye, Gunduru and Kati Layin villages in the state.
The statement read: “During a heavy exchange of fire, the troops killed 7 of the kidnappers and destroyed their camps.
“They also recovered 2 AK-47 rifles and 3 Dane guns at the camp.
“The troops are still combing the general area to further track down other fleeing members of the criminal gang.
“It is important to state that the Brigade after the initial successes of its Operation FOREST KUNAMA, which was aimed at clearing all livestock rustlers and armed bandits camps in Bauchi and Gombe States general area, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) directed them to maintain continued presence at the Lame-Burra forest.
“This is to prevent the criminal elements that fled from returning.
“Subsequently, 2 Forward Operation Bases (FOBs) were established at Lame and Jimi to cover the Lame and Burra axis of the forest respectively.
“Troops usually carry out periodic fighting patrols into the forest from the FOBs.
“In a related development, troops on Operation LAFIYA DOLE deployed at Forward Operation Base (FOB), Buratai in conjunction with local vigilante arrested a suspected Boko Haram terrorist named Adamu Damuna.
“He is currently being interrogated.”
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