Two bandits have been neutralised while others were said to have escaped with various degree of bullet wounds during a fierce gun battle with the police in Idasso area of Kidandan, Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna state.
A kidnap victim was also rescued unhurt by the police during the incident which occurred on Wednesday at about 8am.
Mohammed Jalige, pokesman of the state command of the police disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Kaduna.
He said at about 8am on Wednesday, the police received information about some heavily armed bandits in large number, sighted at Idasso area of Kidandan in Galadimawa District of Giwa LGA who were on a mission to commit atrocity against law abiding citizens.
Jalige said upon receiving the information, the Command immediately mobilised a crack squad which advanced to the location in a bid to thwart their nefarious mission.
He said, “The resilient officers, on getting to the area, engaged the bandits in a fierce gun battle and successfully neutralised two of them, while others escaped with varying degrees of bullet wounds.”
Jalige said, an AK49 rifle, loaded with 24 rounds of live ammunition and one operational motorcycle belonging to the criminals were recovered.
He said one Yusuf Dahiru, a 65 years old man, kidnapped by the bandits was rescued unhurt.
According to him, “Operatives are currently combing the general area with the view to apprehending the fleeing band of marauders”.
The statement said, Yekini Ayoku, the Kaduna state Police Commissioner, commended the police officers for the sacrifices they have been making in order to restore public order and normalcy in the state and urged them to continue to work in synergy with other security agencies in actualizing the mandate of securing the public space.
The statement urged members of the public to report anyone found with bullet injuries to the nearest security formation.