Troops Carry Clearance Operations Against Rustlers to Katsina State

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•Recovers 49 cattle, 29 sheep

Senator Iroegbu in Abuja

The troops of 35 Battalion, 1 Brigade, Nigerian Army, in a joint patrol with elements of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Katsina State, under the auspices of Operation Sharan Daji, on Friday, carried out joint operations along Tsambe-Fafare road, Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, in a statement on Saturday, said the operation was predicated on information received by well-meaning citizens that three gunmen were sighted on motorcycles.

According to him, the team swung into action and pursued the suspected armed bandits towards Dumburu forest in Zamfara State.

He said that during an encounter, the team killed one of the suspected cattle rustlers and armed bandits while the other two escaped with gunshot wounds.

“They however recovered an AK-47 rifle with registration number 1985PS6288, additional AK-47 rifle magazine and three rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition,” he stated.

Usman said that another combined team also carried out special raids along Faskari-Sheme-Mairuwa road, Katsina State.

“It was in that process that they arrested a notorious cattle rustler and armed bandit, Abubakar Mohammed (AKA Gora) along side his boys and accomplices; Anas Gora and Bello Sani. The team recovered 49 cattle and 25 sheep from them,” he said.

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