Troops of 35 Battalion, 1 Brigade Nigerian Army, on Friday killed a suspected cattle rustler on Tsambe-Fafare Road, Jibia local government area of Katsina State.
A statement issued by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col.Sani Usman, on Saturday said the troops were in a joint patrol with Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps ((NSCDC), Katsina State, under operation “SHARAN DAJI.”
He said the operation followed intelligence reports that three gunmen were sighted on motorcycles in the area.
Usman said the troops swung into action and pursued the suspected armed bandits towards Dumburu forest in Zamfara.
“The troops killed one of the suspected cattle rustlers and armed bandits, while the other two escaped with gunshot wounds,” the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted the army spokesman as saying in the statement.
Items recovered by the troops included an AK-47 rifle with registration number 1985PS6288, additional AK-47 rifle magazine and three rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition.