It was the end of the road for scores of armed bandits fleeing the ongoing military operation in Zamfara and Katsina states as they were neutralised by soldiers at Maganda village near Allawa in Shiroro local government area of Niger state.
Nigerian Tribune reports that the bandits were allegedly trying to escape through the notorious Alawa thick forest on Friday, September 10, when they ran into the military camp stationed at Alawa.
A gun battle ensued and after several hours, the security operatives came out victorious. Scores of the armed criminals did not live to tell the story while others managed to escape into the forest with bullets wounds.
It was reported that soldiers combed the entire forest as they trailed those who escaped. Items recovered from the bandits included about six machine guns, several AK-47 rifles and bags of live ammunition.
A source close to Alawa community, who pleaded anonymity, told newsmen that most of the bandits killed all resembled foreigners, ThisDay reports.
The source said: “In fact from the dead bodies that we saw, they look like foreigners, all of them are carrying long hair like women.
They don’t have resemblance of Nigerians and they don’t know the terrain that was why they ran into the soldiers. They did not know that there is soldiers camp there.”