By Senator Iroegbu
Troops of 223 Battalion, 1 Brigade Nigerian Army have averted another attack on Dansadau town of Zamfara State by suspected cattle rustlers and armed bandits, killing 18 of them in the process.
The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, said that the troops who were on patrol were alerted by well-meaning individuals on seeing the bandits.
Usman said that the patrol team on Wednesday laid an ambush for the suspected cattle rustlers and armed bandits who came in large numbers on motorcycles fully armed. It was gathered that they were enroute Ruwan Tofa and Babban Doka Villages in Dansadau District of Maru Local Government Area, Zamfara State to wreck havoc on the hapless innocents of those communities.
“The troops killed 18 and wounded several armed bandits. They also recovered 11 AK-47 rifles, a G3 rifles, locally made pistol, 11 magazines of AK-47 rifle, a magazine of G3 rifle and 161 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunitions. The troops went further and destroyed the bandits’ camp at Babban Doka general area,” he stated.
The Army Spokesman said that the troops are also combing the area for the remnants of the bandits and all those that escaped with gunshot wounds in the general area.