In their efforts to maintain recent successes recorded by troops in the Northwest states, troops of Operation Hadarin Daji in Zamfara state on 20th July 2023 intensified clearance operations to bandits’ enclaves with a view to dislodging them and denying them freedom of action to restore normalcy in the state and northwest in general as part of the mission of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS)
A reliable source within the troops confirmed the development, the operation is ongoing.
In a recent coordinated operation by the troops, they have cleared bandits camps at Mutuwa, Guda tudu, Kawar, Dantayawa, Gidan Kare, Mahuta and Gyado villages of Zamfara and Sokoto states respectively. During the operation the troops who approached the Bandits enclaves with full strength and agility frightened the marauding bandits that fled their enclaves before the arrival of the troops.
However, the troops recovered 4 operational Motorcycles of the Bandits and instantly destroyed a newly established bandits enclaves.
Similarly, troops of Operation Hadarin deployed at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Faru of Maradun LGA of Zamfara state received a credible information on bandits intent to attack Bagabuzu village, the gallant troops swiftly mobilized to the general area and engaged the armed bandits in a gun duel and denied them assess to the villages. After the encounter, 4 bandits were neutralized while others escaped with gun wounds.
While repelling the attack, the troops recovered 1 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), 1 FN Rifle and One Hundred and Twenty Three rounds of Special ammunition.
Meanwhile, the General Officer Commanding 8 Division Sokoto/ Commander Joint Task Force Northwest Operation HADARIN DAJI Major General Godwin Mutkut commended the troops for resilience, gallantry and sustainace of the onslaught against the terrorists and called on the general public to support the OPHD troops with credible information about the Bandits activities for proactive measures to ensure safety of lives and property of good citizens.