Troops of the Nigerian Army operating under the auspices of Operation MESA in Zamfara State have raided suspected cattle rustlers and armed bandits camp at Yan Mangu forest, near Dandindin village, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State, officials say.
According to a statement by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, “the troops also arrested 2 bandits and recovered 1 AK-47 rifle, 1 AK-47 rifle magazine loaded with 7 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunitions, 3 locally made guns and 1 motorcycle”.
Colonel Usman added that “the two suspects were arrested while attempting to flee from the camps. Nevertheless, the troops have destroyed all the bandits’ camps in the forest and are further dominating the general area and other flash points with raids and patrols”.
The Nigerian Army has urged the public to continue to be more security conscious and report any suspicious movement or persons to the nearest security agencies.
In a related development, troops of the 7 Division have cleared boko haram terrorists from their Njimia camp within Sambisa forest.
This is in continuation with the special clearance and rescue operations otherwise known as Operation CRACKDOWN.
According to an Army statement, “while advancing earlier in the morning on the same day, the troops also cleared boko haram terrorists camps at Alafa, where they encountered heavy resistance from boko haram terrorists and killed 15 of them”.
The troops continued their advance through Alafa Main, Alafa Extension and Alafa Yaga-yaga, where they cleared remnants of the boko haram terrorists hibernating there before arriving at their main objective, Njimia.
Apart from destroying the camps, the troops rescued 41 hostages who were mostly women and children. The troops also recovered 2 Dane Guns, several vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles belonging to the terrorists.
“One significant aspect of this feat today was the combination of ground forces assault, Nigerian Air Force Jets provision for combat air support and monitoring of the operation directly by the Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu on board Air Force reconnaissance aircraft”.
“It is gratifying to note that no casualty was recorded by our troops during the conduct of this operation,” the statement read in part.