The troops of Operation Thunder Strike have killed two bandits and wounded many others along Abuja-Kaduna Highway, the Defence Headquarters said on Monday.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj-Gen. John Enenche, in a statement in Abuja, said the criminals were killed during an encounter to eliminate banditry and other violent crimes in the area.
He said the troops were deployed at Rijana after an intelligence revealed that the terrorists were moving towards Abuja-Kaduna highway.
Troops successfully laid an ambush along the route and overwhelmed the bandits with superior firepower, killed two and others escaped with gunshot wounds, Enenche said.
“Also, in the course of the encounter, two locally made guns were recovered.
“Currently, troops have continued to dominate the area with aggressive patrols to deny bandits freedom of action,” he said.
The Abuja-Kaduna Highway has remained a dangerous path for travellers to the Northwest of Nigeria with numerous cases of kidnapping, murder and robbery occurring regularly over the past few years.
Because of the high rate of insecurity on the route, many are apprehensive about using it.
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