By Victor Akaa, Abuja
The Defence Headquarters says, troops of Operation Whirl Stroke, in the early hours of 12 December 2020, raided some identified bandits hideouts at Tomatar Ugba and Kundi villages in Mbacher council ward of Katsina-Ala LGA of Benue State.
The dawn raid which resulted into the killing of 3 bandits and arrest of 4, leaving several with severe gunshot wounds with firearms recovered was conducted after actionable technical and human intelligence reports.
This was made known in a statement relayed to Enugu Reporters by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche on Sunday.
“The gallant troops stormed the camps, engaged and overwhelmed the criminals with aggressive firepower, forcing them to flee in disarray.
“The undaunted troops however pursued the fleeing criminals and effectively neutralized 3 of them while several others fled with fatal gunshot injuries.
“Troops however successfully apprehended 4 of the fleeing bandits. Furthermore, troops recovered 2 locally made rifles, 1 locally made pistol, 16 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 2 motorcycles, 3 generators, 2 pairs of military camouflage uniforms, a large quantity of substances suspected to Indian Hemp, amongst other items.”
The statement further adds that the gallant troops are presently dominating the area with aggressive patrols and are equally on the trail of the fleeing bandits in order to locate and neutralize them.
It has however requested the cooperation of the public to continue to provide credible information to the troops operating within their localities.