Troops of the Nigerian Army attached to 35 Battalion, 1 Brigade on Friday killed a suspected cattle rustler and armed bandit on Tsambe-Fafare road, Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.
A statement issued on Saturday morning by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, revealed that the operation followed information received from well patriotic citizens that three gunmen were sighted on motorcycles in the area.
Usman said that the team swung into action and pursued the suspected armed bandit towards Dumburu forest in Zamfara.
The Army spokesman said the troop were in a joint patrol with Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Katsina State, under operation “SHARAN DAJI”
The spokesman said during the encounter, the team killed one of the suspected cattle rustlers and armed bandits, while the other two escaped with gunshot wounds.
He said that items recovered included an AK-47 rifle with registration number 1985PS6288, additional AK-47 rifle magazine and 3 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition.
In a related development, a combined team arrested a suspected notorious cattle rustler and armed bandit, Abubakar Mohammed and his boys, Ana’s Gora and Bello Sani.
He said items recovered from them included 49 cattle and 25 sheep.
Usman said that the special raids were carried out along Faskari-Sheme-Mairuwa road, Katsina State.
He said the suspects have been handed over to the police for prosecution and animals recovered handed over to the secretary, Faskari Local Government Area Council for handing over to their owners.