Bandits Flee Zamfara as OPHD Troops Intensify Attacks, Scores Killed

In a significant turn of events, bandits in Zamfara state are reportedly fleeing en masse as the Nigerian military, under Operation Hadarin Daji (OPHD), intensifies its onslaught against them. Recent reports suggest that the bandits are losing ground, with OPHD troops, both on the ground and in the air, delivering decisive blows to their operations.

The latest offensive included airstrikes on the Bayan Ruwa general area and Bayan Dutsin Gidan-Kano, among other locations, resulting in the destruction of bandit camps. Operations across Zurmi, Kaura Namoda, Maradun, Tsafe, Birnin Magaji LGAs and other areas have significantly curtailed banditry activities, with reprisal attacks among the bandits themselves further weakening their ranks.

Numerous high-profile bandit leaders, including Sani Dangote, Kachalla Chaki, and Lamo Saude, along with over 50 foot soldiers, have been confirmed killed in recent encounters. This development marks a considerable relief for communities in Zamfara, which have long been plagued by banditry and its devastating consequences.

On Sallah Day, the troops of the OPHD have ambushed and killed many fleeing bandits around Bagega axis of Anka Local government. The Bandits were enroute to relocate from Zamfara State due to the pressure exalted on them by the troops.

Zamfara State, located in Northwestern Nigeria, has grappled with insecurity for over a decade, resulting in the loss of thousands of lives, widespread abductions for ransom, injuries, and destruction of property amounting to billions of Naira. 

The renewed vigor of OPHD’s operations offers hope for the restoration of peace and stability in the region.

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