The Kaduna State Government on Monday confirmed the killing of five suspected bandits and the recovery of arms and motorcycles by security operatives in the state.

Samuel Aruwan who is the Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs confirmed this in a statement on Monday. He said security operatives conducting operations against the bandits’ enclave had claimed that troops on patrol made contact with bandits around an identified hideout in Birnin Gwari LGA and were engaged in a gun duel. Two bandits were confirmed to have been neutralized  in that encounter.

In another raid on a bandits’ camp around Idasu in Giwa LGA, security forces engaged the criminals and after a gun battle, three of them were also killed .

Aruwan further explained that across both locations, two AK-47 rifles, one pump action rifle, and three motorcycles were recovered from the operations and are in the custody of the military.

He said the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai received the reports with satisfaction and thanked the security forces for conducting sharp and effective missions.

The governor urged them to sustain their efforts towards dismantling identified criminal enclaves, adding that clearance operations would be sustained in these and other locations across the state.