Nigerian soldiers have killed nine suspected bandits along the Kaduna-Abuja Highway, the Kaduna State government has revealed.
The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed this in a statement released on Tuesday.
The statement noted that the bandits were killed by soldiers securing the Kaduna-Abuja Road during a gun battle that began on Monday night and lasted till the early hours of the next day.
Aruwan who attributed the information to operational feedback stated that the soldiers acted on intelligence that the bandits were attempting to cross over from the eastern part of the Kaduna-Abuja Road to the western part, with a large herd of rustled cattle.
He disclosed that the herders whose cattle were rustled from the eastern part of the route alerted the military for immediate action.
The commissioner said an ambush was successfully laid by the troops, as the bandits walked into the killing zone.
According to him, the bandits were welcomed with a hail of bullets, leaving one of them dead while seven more died from ferocious gunshot wounds sustained in the ambush, as their bodies were mutilated.
Aruwan also disclosed that one empty magazine, two mobile phones, as well as sets of army camouflage and desert boots, among other items were recovered from the bandits.
the Kaduna-Abuja road has been a major security challenge since 2017. Kidnappings for ransom, armed robbery, and cattle rustling are major challenges bedeviling the major road that links the nation’s capital Abuja to other northern cities.