Gunmen kill 18 as troops neutralise bandits –Commissioner

Government says  security personnel have neutralised bandits several locations the state.

The government also announced that 18 persons died several on soft targets by bandits across Igabi and Chikun local government areas of the state.

Mr Samuel Aruwan, State Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, confirmed the incident to newsmen on Wednesday Kaduna.

“Security agencies have reported a sequence of by bandits on soft targets in Igabi and Chikun local government areas occurring over the last 48 hours.

“Anaba village in Igabi Local Government area attacked where seven persons died.

“Many of the houses in the community were razed along storehouses and barns.

“Also, Barinje village in Chikun local government area attacked, where eight persons died,” he said.

According to him, some residents are and many cattle are stolen during the attack.

“An unspecified number of injured are receiving treatment in hospital,” he said.

The commissioner explained that the on Anaba and Barinje villages followed the killing of several armed bandits via targeted .

Aruwan said that air platforms had earlier conducted armed reconnaissance around Anaba village.

” The crew observed houses on fire and locals migrating to nearby settlements.

“Some motorbikes were observed suspicious movements underneath some trees, probing shots were fired at these.

“Herds of cattle were spotted bandits at Malul Forest and were engaged accordingly,” he said.

“Bandits in large numbers on motorcycles were sighted on a track leading to Kankomi.

“They were trailed and engaged by the crew, with scores seen neutralised afterwards.

He said suspicious movements were sighted at Goron Dutse, the sources of which were promptly engaged and neutralised.

“The security agencies hereby appeal to the communities to report anyone found with suspicious bullet wounds to the Security Operations Room on 09034000060 and 08170189999,” he said.

“The government commended the troops for their vigorous response and successful missions which saw the extermination of many bandits,” the commissioner said.(NAN)