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Troops kill five ‘bandits’, recover arms, ammunition in Kaduna

Troops of Operation Whirl Punch (OPWP) have reportedly killed five suspected bandits in Kaduna state.

In a statement on Sunday, Samuel Aruwan, commissioner of internal security and home affairs, said the suspects were intercepted in Kajuru LGA of the state.

Aruwan said the troops recovered two AK-47 rifles, one locally fabricated sub-machine gun, nine AK-47 magazines, 250 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, two motorcycles, and two handheld radio sets.

“At Dantarau community, the troops made contact with bandits, and after a sharp exchange, five of the criminals were neutralised,” the commissioner said.

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“Credible human intelligence sources confirmed the successful operation, resulting in several bandits being taken out during the mission.

“Some of the bandits sustained injuries and are reported to be lurking around the general area in need of medical support.

“Locals in the general area are warned to desist from providing medical support to questionable individuals without recourse to the nearest security agencies.”

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Aruwan quoted Uba Sani, governor of Kaduna, as commending the troops for their efforts to keep the state safe.

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