Troops of 223 Battalion, 1 Brigade under the auspices of Operation SHARAN DAJI of 1 Division Nigerian Army, on Sunday carried out fighting patrol to Kabaru village forest, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State against cattle rustlers and armed bandits.
During the patrol, the troops engaged armed bandits, killing three of them and wounding some.
The troops recovered 20 motorcycles, four empty cases of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition and four empty cases of 7.62mm ammunition.
Other items recovered include one mobile telephone handset, some rings and a bag containing local charms.
The troops also carried out similar operation in forests at Kusa, Bayan Dutse and Gusami general area in Birnin Magaji Local Government Area of the same state.
Although no armed bandit was killed, it is believed some of them have escaped with gun shot wounds.
The troops however made the following recovery: one AK-47 rifle, one AK-47 rifle magazine, 13 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, two motorcycles, four rustled cows and a machete.
The troops also apprehended a suspected errand boy and informants to the armed bandits at Gusami village.
Thereafter, the patrol team proceeded to Maganawa forest where they equally engaged the armed bandits and killed one of them.
The troops recovered one locally made pistol, a Dane Gun and five rounds of ammunition before returning to base.