Authorities of the Nigeria Army say 46 armed bandits were killed in Katsina State during a clash in Batsari Local Government Area of the State.

The Army said the fierce encounter followed a distress call from Yar Gamji town in the local council that armed bandits had invaded the area.

According to a military source, “The troops of Nigerian Army Super Camp 4 Faskari Operation Sahel Sanity on July 6, 2020 received a distress call of the invasion of armed bandits in Yar Gamji town in Batsari LGA.

“The gallant troops who were just inducted into operation responded swiftly to the call. The troops engaged the criminals and neutralised 46 bandits in the encounter while others escaped with gunshot wounds.”

On its side, the Nigeria Air Force said the air component of Operation Hadarin Daji had destroyed some armed bandits’ camps and neutralised several bandits in a fresh air interdiction operation launched July 6, 2020, in Sokoto State.

It said the subsidiary air interdiction operation conducted as part of efforts to rid the North-west of armed bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers and other criminal elements under the Defence Headquarters-led Operation Accord.

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