In the latest bandits attack on Zamfara, the police command in the state says it killed a notorious armed bandit and rescued 11 kidnapped victims.
The command’s spokesman Muhammad Shehu confirmed the development in a statement on Thursday in Gusau.
“Yesterday at about 1:00 p.m., a large number of armed bandits blocked Gusau–Sokoto Road at Dogon Karfe axis, scaring (sic) commuters to scamper for safety.
“The police tactical operatives on patrol along the road quickly mobilise to the location. On arrival at the scene, the police were engaged in a gun duel by bandits who already abducted innocent commuters and were about to take them to the forest.
“The operatives gallantly repelled them, deterring the hoodlums from further onslaught on the commuters,” Mr Shehu said.
He noted that the police killed one of the bandits during the encounter and rescued 11 kidnapped victims.
”The command is intensifying various search and rescue strategies to safely rescue the remaining victims who were taken to the forest before the police arrived.
“All the rescued victims have been reunited with their families,” the spokesperson added.
He, however, stated that the Commissioner of Police, Hussaini Rabiu, had reaffirmed the commitments and determination of the command to end the lingering security challenges in the state.