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Troops kill armed bandits, recover weapons in Benue

Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke have killed two bandits at a hideout of late Gana’s militia gang members.

The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations Major General John Enenche said in a statement on Sunday that this in continuation of efforts to forestall banditry and other criminal activities in the North Central Zone of the country.

“On 16 December 2020, troops of Operation WHIRL STRIKE, acting on credible intelligence on identified hideout of some of late Gana’s militia gang members in parts of Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State, conducted a dawn raid on the criminals’ location.

“Troops made contact and engaged the criminals at Adangbe Village in Mbacher Council Ward of the Local Government Area. The superior firepower of the troops forced the armed bandits to flee in disarray.

“However, as troops engaged the criminals in a hot pursuit, two of them were neutralized, while another was arrested by the gallant troops.

“During the encounter, three locally made rifles l, 21 rounds of 7.62mm Special Ammunition as well as other items including a motorcycle were recovered by the troops.

“The arrested one has been handed over to the Police for further action,” Enenche said in the statement.

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