Scores of armed Bandits fleeing in confusion, from the ongoing Military operation in Zamfara and Katsina states, met their Waterloo in the hands of soldiers at Maganda village near Allawa in Shiroro local government area of Niger state yesterday.
The bandits who were escaping through the notorious Allawa forest in their hundreds, ran into the Military camp stationed at Alawa, and engaged the soldiers in a serious gun battle for several hours.
At the end of the gun battle, one soldier was said to been missing while scores of the bandits were killed and several others escaped into the forest with bullets injuries.
Those who escaped with serious bullets wounds are still being trailed by the soldiers as the entire forest is being combed in search of the escaped ones.
About six machine guns and a number of AK 47 riffles and bags of ammunitions were recovered from the bandits.
According to a source close to Allawa community, who spoke to our correspondent on the condition of anonymity, most of the bandits killed all look like foreigners as they have no resemblance of Nigerians.
“In fact from the dead bodies that we saw, they are not Nigerians, these are foreigners, all of them are carrying long hair like women.
“They don’t have resemblance of Nigerians and they don’t know the terrain that was why they ran into the soldiers because they did not know that there is soldiers camp there”, our source said.
He disclosed that though one soldier was killed by the bandits, the soldiers recorded a huge success by killing several of them, stressing that “as I speak with you the bodies of the bandits killed are still littered in the bush”.
This is one of the major breakthrough recorded by the Military in its war against armed bandits in the state in recent time.
However, it could be recalled that the bandits had in April this year, invaded the Military Base in Alawa, and killed five soldiers and a mobile Policeman.
The entire Military camp was razed down by the armed bandits who invaded the base at about 3:00am when soldiers had just returned to their base from area patrol.
After the invasion of the Military base, the bandits moved to the community where they killed seven People and abducted a number of villagers.