Dozens of bandits killed in Kaduna hideouts

Numerous camps of the bandits were also destroyed in two communities.

Kaduna Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, at State Security Council meeting [KDSG]

The Kaduna State government announced on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 that dozens of bandits were killed in recent operations around Chikun local government area.

Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said the unspecified number of bandits were killed in air strikes targeting identified bandit hideouts in Kauwuri and Gaude villages.

The bandits were killed in air strikes by fighter jets, follow-up strikes by helicopter gunships, and mop up attacks by ground forces.

"Assessment revealed that many bandits were neutralised during the entire mission, and several camps that were destroyed," Aruwan said.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai urged security forces to sustain the tempo of attacks against criminals across the state.

He also appealed to residents to cooperate with the government in fighting insecurity by reporting suspicious activities.

Kaduna is one of the worst affected by banditry and violent attacks in the northern region, with 1,825 people killed and 4,525 kidnapped between January 2020 and September 2021, according to the government's own records.

The government shut down telecommunication services in parts of the state in September as part of new measures to fight banditry.

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