Lt. Gen. Taoreed Abiodun Lagbaja
Lt. Gen. Taoreed Abiodun Lagbaja

Nigerian Army troops clear terrorists road blockade in Zamfara, neutralized other terrorists in Katsina

In continuation of efforts to curb terrorists’ activities in the Northwest region, Nigerian Army troops in two separate operations conducted in Zamfara and Katsina States on Monday 1 April 2024, cleared road blockades and neutralized terrorists.

The Director of Nigerian Army Public Relations, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu said in a statement on Tuesday that the road block was mounted by terrorists to kidnap passengers .

He said troops on a fighting patrol in Zamfara State to curtail terrorists’ activities had responded to a distress call on the blockade of Anka-Bagega road, mounted by terrorists to frustrate free movement of motorists and goods, as well as to serve as an entrapment to abduct unsuspecting civilians.

The vigilant troops rapidly mobilized to the scene and engaged the terrorists in combat, compelling the terrorists to abandon their mission and scampered in disarray.

Troops recovered an AK-47 rifle, 2 AK 47 Magazines, 5 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition and one motorbike. Troops are still trailing the terrorists to deny them freedom of action in the area.

In a separate operation in Katsina state, troops cleared several insurgents’ camps within Yar’Malamai and Hamfud in general areas in Faskari Local Government Area, eliminating one of the terrorists in the aftermath of a shootout. The troops recovered one locally fabricated gun, 2 motorcycles, 6 mobile phones and other sundry items.