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Nigerian Army confirms killing of 2 soldiers,10 bandits

Nigerian Army confirms killing of 2 soldiers,10 bandits





The Nigerian Army has confirmed that two soldiers were killed and three others wounded during a gun battle with armed bandits in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna State.

In a statement issued Friday, the army said the incident occured when the soldiers attached to the Operation CLEAN SWEEP carried out clearance operation in Kuduru Forest to flush out remnants of armed bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements in Birnin Gwari.

It said 10 bandits were killed by soldiers during the encounter, while others escaped with gunshot wounds during the operation.

The statement also disclosed that the two deceased soldiers were among the five that were wounded during the exchange of fire with the bandits, adding that the bandits’ camp was also destroyed.

According to the statement, the General Officer Commanding One Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Faruk Yahaya who has visited the wounded soldiers at the 44 Army Reference Hospital in the Kaduna state capital, where he commended them for their gallantry, and also promised that their sacrifice would not go in vain.

The statement quoted the GOC as saying that the bravery and dedication to duty by the deceased soldiers is exemplary that every Nigerian soldier and indeed Nigerians should be proud of, promising that the soldiers will be given befitting burials after informing the families of the tragic loss.

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