The Unsung Battle in Niger State


Soldier, 42 Fleeing Terrorists Die in Niger Gun Duel
They came in droves, fleeing from the military onslaught in Zamfara state. As was the case prior, the bandits were hoping to find fresh launch pads in neighbouring Niger state to lay seige and launch reprisal attacks on hapless Nigerians.
But reports say the fleeing bandits ran into another offensive blitzard mounted by a combined team of military and mobile policemen around Shiroro area of Niger state which left 42 of them neutralised alongside one soldier.
This medium gathered that a number of the bandits, most of whom were hooded, ran into the ambush on motor cycles and carrying sophisticated weapons. Unaware they were headed for trouble, they rode into the ambush but a number of them were however, able to escape into nearby bushes leaving behind many motor bikes and weapons.
Security forces also recovered rustled herds of cattle abandoned by other bandits on foot.
Sources told this medium that the operation was made possible with credible Intel received on the movement of the bandits fleeing Zamfara forests. Following the development, security operatives laid ambush at Alawa, a border community in Shiroro.
“The troops got credible intelligence on the movement of the bandits towards Alawa.
“They were escaping from military onslaught in forests of neighbouring Zamfara and we engaged them at Manganda junction. At least 42 bandits were killed, as the rest escaped with serious wounds.
Meanwhile, there are indications that the Shiroro axis is still populated by a number of bandits, a situation that left indigenes of the area worried about the likelihood of reprisal action.
In particular, there are reports of more bandits being sighted in areas around Galadiman Kogo, Zama, Magami, Maganda, Paleli, Iburo, Chukuba and Dnasapa, all in Shiroro council area of the state leading concerned stakeholders to call on security agents to mount more immediate co-ordinated intervention onslaught to prevent the bandits from subjecting the people to more harrowing attacks.
“The ongoing military operation in Zamfara needs to be well-coordinated and replicated in other states to save vulnerable states from bearing the brunt of the exercise.”

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