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Troops, Police engage bandits in gun battle in Kaduna

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• Kill One, Others Escape With Bullet Wounds

Troops and Police operatives, at the weekend, in Kaduna, engaged armed bandits in gun battle in the Rigachikun axis of the Kaduna-Zaria dual carriage way in Igabi Local Government Area, leaving one dead, while several others escaped with bullet wounds.

The bandits had earlier attacked a Fulani settlement belonging to a popular herder, Damina Kukumake, at Kukumake village. A statement by the Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan said: “The bandits, who kidnapped some members of the herder’s family, also rustled several cattle and were making their escape, when security agencies received a distress call.

“The security personnel, comprising troops of the Army and Air Force, as well as Police operatives, made contact with the bandits as they attempted to cross the Kaduna-Zaria Expressway.

“In the fierce gun duel, a notorious bandit, one Habu Bawale, was neutralised. Many other bandits escaped with bullet wounds.

“During the gunfight, the abducted hostages escaped and the rustled cattle scattered. After a check, the remaining cattle were recovered, as some were confirmed to have been killed in the skirmish…”

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