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Troops crush dozens of bandits in Kaduna forest


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The Kaduna state government has said scores of terrorists have been eliminated in a coordinated attack by the troops in the Bula community within the Yadi Forest of Giwa local government area of the state.

Mr Samuel Aruwan, the state Commissioner in charge of Internal Security and Home Affairs disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday.

He noted that coordinated ground and air strikes by troops of Operation Whirl Punch left dozens of the criminal elements dead, including an ally of a notorious terrorist, Buhari Yadi’, whose name was given as Alhaji Kachalla Ragas.

Aruwan further revealed that the strike was based on credible intelligence which followed the recent elimination of some bandit kingpins along the Kaduna-Katsina border areas.

He said, “Close monitoring followed, and at the agreed time, the bandits were sighted bearing arms and approaching the location on motorcycles.

“Further exploration confirmed the movements and convergence of the bandits in a group of about seven to ten members at a hub in the location.

“Upon verification, the location was struck and scores of the bandits including one Alhaji Kachalla Ragas – an ally and childhood friend of the previously neutralized Buharin Yadi – were confirmed to have been neutralized by the strike.”

“The governor thanked the various sources who provided crucial intelligence leading to the successful strike.

“Citizens are encouraged to continue to volunteer useful information on suspicious movements to the State’s Security Operations Room via the phone lines 09034000060 and 08170189999,” he added.


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