Troops of the 223 Battalion, 1 Brigade under the auspices of Operation SHARAN DAJI of 1 Division Nigerian Army on Sunday carried out fighting patrol against cattle rustlers and armed bandits in Kabaru village forest in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara. During the patrol, the troops engaged the armed bandits and killed three of them and inflicted injuries on some.
The troops recovered 20 motorcycles, four empty cases of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition and four empty cases of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition. Other items recovered include one mobile telephone handset, some rings and a bag containing local charms.
The troops also carried out similar operation in forests at Kusa, Bayan Dutse and Gusami general area in Birnin Magaji Local Government Area of the same state. Although no armed bandit was killed, it is believed that some of them escaped with gun shot wounds.
The troops however made the following recoveries; one AK-47 rifle, one AK-47 rifle magazine, 13 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, two motorcycles, four rustled cows and a machete. The troops also apprehended a suspected errand boy and informants to the armed bandits at Gusami village.
Thereafter, the patrol team proceeded to Maganawa forest where they equally engaged the armed bandits there and killed one of them. The troops recovered one locally made pistol, a Dane Gun and five rounds of ammunition before returning to base.