Nigerian troops, comprising the Armed Forces of Nigeria and Nigeria Police Mobile unit forces have eliminated 42 terrorists, bandits at Alawa Community in Shiroro axis of Niger State.
Sources said that the joint security operatives laid ambush for the terror bandits who were fleeing the ongoing military operations in neighbouring Zamfara State and that during the gun duel, a soldier was killed while another sustained injury.
According to the source, “the troops got credible intelligence on the movement of the bandits toward Alawa. They were escaping from military onslaught in forests of neighbouring Zamfara and we engaged them at Manganda Junction. At least 42 bandits were killed, as the rest escaped with serious wounds.
“We lost a soldier, while other team members who sustained injury have been taken to Asmau Hospital in Kagara. We also recovered sophisticated weapons, motorcycles and herds of cattle from the bandits during the operation.”
Meanwhile, stakeholders in Shiroro are seeking permanent solutions to stop the influx of fleeing terrorists and bandits who are arriving in droves to the community on motorcycles with masked faces.
One of the stakeholders noted that “the military operation going on in Zamfara needs to be well-coordinated and replicated in other States Zamfara borders, so as to save the vulnerably proximitous State from bearing the brunt of the operation.”
They have taken refuge in Galadiman Kogo, Zama, Magami, Maganda, Paleli, Iburo, Chukuba and Dnasapa, all in Shiroro Local Government Area.
A Spokesperson of the Coalition of Shiroro Associations (COSA), Salis M Sabo, called on security agencies to swiftly intervene and wipe the cries of the people of Shiroro.