The Armed Forces of Nigeria on Monday morning said that its troops killed two bandits while others escaped with gunshot wounds as they were moving towards the Abuja-Kaduna expressway.
The bandits have made the expressway one of the most dangerous routes in Nigeria where they have killed many passengers and other road users, kidnapped many.
Because of the bandits’ constant attacks, many of those who normally drive between the two strategic cities in Northern Nigeria through the Abuja-Kaduna expressway have resorted to using the train shuttle service.
According to a statement by Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, “in continuation of aggressive clearance operation to stamp out banditry and other sundry crimes in the country, troops of Operation THUNDER STRIKE recorded tremendous successes against armed bandits on Sunday 4 October 2020.
“Troops deployed at Rijana acting on credible intelligence on the movement of some suspected bandits towards Abuja-Kaduna expressway, swiftly mobilized to the scene and laid ambush along the suspected bandit’s route.
“Contact was made and the gallant troops overwhelmed the bandits with superior firepower thereby killing 2 while others escaped with gunshots wounds.
“Also, in the course of the encounter, 2 locally made guns were recovered. Currently, troops have continued to dominate the area with aggressive patrols to deny bandits freedom of action.”