Friday, 6 May 2016

Army spokesman said yesterday 18 suspected cattle rustlers killed and several arms and ammunitions recovered

Army kills 18 cattle rustlers in Zamfara
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The Nigerian Army yesterday killed 18 suspected cattle rustlers and recovered several arms and ammunitions from armed bandits who had planned to attack some villages in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman stated this in a statement posted on his Facebook wall on Thursday.

The statement read: “Troops of 223 Battalion, 1 Brigade Nigerian Army have averted another attack on Dansadau town by suspected cattle rustlers and armed bandits yesterday Wednesday 4th May 2016. The troops who were on patrol were alerted by well meaning individuals on seeing the bandits.

“The patrol team 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.”

According to the Army spokesman, some of the items recovered include “11 AK-47 rifles, 1 G3 rifles, 1 locally made pistol, 11 magazines of AK-47 rifle, a magazine of G3 rifle and 161 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunitions” adding that “the troops went further and destroyed the bandits’ camp at Babban Doka general area.”

Usman said the Army is “combing the area for the remnants of the bandits and all those that escaped with gunshot wounds in the general area.”

He however appealed to members of the public to continue to assist with information on cattle rustlers, armed bandits and other criminal elements in their areas.