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Nigerian army kills 21 bandits, loses officer

In less than two weeks after the bandits killed 11 young Nigerian soldiers, 21 of the rampaging bandits in Zamfara State in northern Nigeria have been killed.

The Nigerian Army said on Thursday that its troops killed armed bandits in the ongoing clearance operation at Tunga Daji in Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

Brig-Gen. Texas Chukwu, the Director, Army Public Relations, said that many bandits escaped with gunshot wounds in the battle with soldiers on April 4.

He disclosed that an army officer and a soldier lost their lives in the fierce battle with the bandits.

The remains of the gallant troops have been evacuated to the Federal Medical Centre, Gusau.

Chukwu said the troops recovered five AK 47; one Light Machine Gun, five AK 47 magazines and 35 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition.

Meanwhile, the troops deployed in Bena, acting on intelligence, have raided a bandits’ camp at Laka village in Kebbi State.

Chukwu explained that the troops killed one of the bandits and recovered an AK 47 rifle with a magazine.

According to him, the troops were mobilised on a special operation to comb the general area and arrest any fleeing bandit.

The 11 young soldiers killed by the bandits were on duty when they were killed.

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