The Defence Headquarters says troops of Operation Accord have once again dislodged some suspected bandits and kidnappers in parts of Katsina and Sokoto states.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
Enenche said that the troops engaged the criminals on Monday, following the reception of credible intelligence on the presence of kidnappers in Garin Arawa, Tangaza Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
He said that the encounter led to the killing of one kidnapper, while others escaped with gunshot wounds.
He said that the soldiers seized one AK47 rifle, one magazine and one motorcycle.
Besides, Enenche said that troops received a distress call from motorists on the Tashan Bawa-Kuyelo road that some suspected bandits had barricaded the road in an attempt to rob road users.
He said that the troops stormed the area and their superior firepower forced the robbers to escape into the bush, while normalcy was restored to the area.
He also said that troops deployed in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State apprehended two suspected kidnappers at Tsembe Kolumbo village, adding that the suspects were currently in their custody for further investigations.
The Coordinator said that the troops had, on Monday, arrested Bello Ardo, a suspected bandit in Yargoje town in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State.
He said that the troops had continued to dominate the general area with aggressive patrols to deny the bandits freedom of action.