Troops neutralize bandits, recover weapons in Sokoto

Troops of the Nigerian Army have killed many bandits during a reprisal attack in Tukandu village, under Sakkwai Ward, in Tangaza Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

The bandits were said to have met their Waterloo around 2:00 pm on Tuesday when they invaded the village to avenge the killing of one of their colleagues on Monday.

A source said that the bandits had attempted to attack the village on Monday but faced fierce resistance from the locals leading to the killing of two persons, including a bandit.

The residents were said to have fled the community, leaving behind military operatives who were deployed to restore peace in the area in anticipation of a reprisal attack.

Unaware of the development, the bandits attacked the village around 10:00 am but were engaged in a gun battle by the military.

The gun duel reportedly lasted for hours, resulting in the killing of several bandits while a military personnel sustained gunshot injury.

Twelve motorcycles and three AK 47 rifles were recovered from the bandits.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Colonel Ahmed Usman (rtd), confirmed the development.

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