Troops of 1 Division and Operation Whirl Punch, have neutralized six gunmen suspected to be bandits in the Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The Acting Deputy Director of Army Public Relations for the Division, Lt-Col. Musa Yahaya, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.
Yahaya disclosed that the operation took place on November 16 and that nine motorcycles and 40 pairs of police and military uniforms were found.
He explained that 1 Division troops and Operation Whirl Punch attacked the bandits after reliable intelligence.
“The highly motivated troops carried out an offensive clearance operation to bandits’ strongholds in Sabon-Birni, Dogon Dawa, Saulawa, Maidaro-Ngede Allah, and Kidenda, all in Birnin Gwari LGA.
“In the firefight that ensued when contact was made, troops neutralized six bandits, recovered two AK-47 rifles, four AK-47 rifle magazines, 14 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 40 pairs of bandits uniforms, and nine motorcycles,” he said.
The army spokesperson said that Maj.-Gen. Valentine Okoro, the General Officer Commanding of 1 Division and the Force Commander of Operation Whirl Punch, Maj-Gen Valentine Okro, hailed the soldiers for their bravee
He enjoined them to intensify their effort until all terrorists, bandits, and other lawbreakers within the division’s purview were eliminated.