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Police kills 104 bandits in Zamfara raid

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The Nigeria Police on Friday killed 104 armed bandits during an attack on Mahanga forest in Birnin Mogaji Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

Force spokesman, Acting DCP, Jimoh Moshood stated this in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Friday, adding that 50 hideouts in three camps belonging to the bandits were also destroyed.

Moshood also stated that over 500 cattle and 79 Sheep were also recovered from the bandits, adding that a policeman was killed during the operation.

The statement reads in part: “At about 1600hrs on November 29th, the Police Joint Operation Team repelled ambush attacks from bandits at Birnin Mogaji Village, Zurmi LGA of Zamfara State and in the process killed 104 bandits and destroyed over 50 bandit hideouts in three camps.

“They recovered over 500 cattle and 79 sheep from the bandits but unfortunately lost a policeman during the attacks. The Police team has restored normalcy and peace in the affected areas.

“Following the development, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris dispatched the DIG, Department of Operations, Joshiak Habila to Zamfara State. Other units are Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), Police Anti-Bomb (EOD) Squad and conventional policemen.

“The team headed by an Assistant Commissioner of Police has been mandated to arrest and prosecute bandits, Kidnap for ransom and cattle rustling gangs operating in parts of the State.”

Moshood further urged members of the public with any information or in distress in any part of Zamfara to call the following numbers: 08037025670, 08033210966,08033312261,08123829666, 09053872244, 07082351758, 08091914752.

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