The Defence Headquarters says troops of Operation Whirl Stroke on June 20 conducted a raid on suspected bandits’ hideout at Ginde in Guma Local Government Area (LGA) of Benue.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, stating that the troops carried out the raid following reports of bandits’ activities in the area.
Enenche said that the bandits fled as troops closed in on them, adding that one bandit was killed while others escaped with gunshot wounds after a hot pursuit.
He disclosed that items including one Galil rifle, one Galil magazine, 13 X 7.5 mm ammunition, one motorcycle, one woodland camouflage shirt, some quantities of hemp and assorted charms were recovered.
According to him, the camp was subsequently destroyed.
Enenche further stated that troops deployed at Tunga also arrested two suspects, Yahuza Danlami and Danladi Baushe, who were linked to the kidnap of a local teacher at Foga LGA of the State.
“One locally made rifle was found in their possession and the suspects had been handed over to the police in Awe for investigations.
“The Defence Headquarters commend the troops for their offensive actions against the bandits and other criminal elements in their area of operation,” he added.