It was a relief as not less than nine armed bandits were on Monday killed by security operatives along the Kaduna-Abuja highway on Monday night.
Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal security, Samuel Aruwan, who confirmed the development in a statement on Tuesday, said the incident was made possible as troops acted on intelligence that the bandits were attempting to cross over from the eastern part of the Kaduna-Abuja road to the western part, with a large herd of rustled cattle.
According to the Commissioner, “the Kaduna State Government has been informed by the military securing the Kaduna-Abuja Road general area that troops neutralized nine armed bandits following a firefight late on Monday night into the early hours of Tuesday.
“According to the operational feedback, troops acted on intelligence that the bandits were attempting to cross over from the eastern part of the Kaduna-Abuja road to the western part, with a large herd of rustled cattle.
“The herders whose cattle had been rustled from the eastern part of the route alerted the military for immediate action.
“An ambush was successfully laid by the troops, as the bandits walked into the killing zone and were welcomed with a hail of bullets.
“After the firefight, a search of the area yielded the following: One empty magazine, one set of complete army camouflage, one set of desert boots, seven blankets, two Tecno Mobile phones, one caftan outfit and ropes for tying cattle.