The Defence Headquarters (DHQ), on Sunday, said that in the renewed efforts of the Security Forces to end insurgency activities in the country, the Troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE has raided some identified armed bandits hideouts at Tomatar Ugba and Kundi villages in Mbacher council ward of Katsina-Ala LGA of Benue State.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, DMO, Major General John Eneche, the DHQ stated that the operation was executed following actionable technical and human intelligence reports.
It explained that the gallant troops stormed the camps, engaged and overwhelmed the criminals with aggressive firepower, forcing them to flee in disarray.
It pointed out that the undaunted Troops, however, pursued the fleeing criminals and effectively neutralised three of them while several others fled with fatal gunshot injuries.
According to the statement, “the Troops however successfully apprehended four of the fleeing bandits and recovered two locally-made rifles, one locally-made pistol, 16 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, two motorcycles, three generators, two pairs of military camouflage uniforms, a large number of substances suspected to Indian Hemp, amongst other items.
The statement further added that the gallant troops are presently dominating the area with aggressive patrols and are equally on the trail of the fleeing bandits in order to locate and neutralise them.
It urged members of the general public to continue to provide credible information to the troops operating within their localities to enhance optimal performance.