Nigerian troops kill 4 gunmen in northern state

Nigerian military troops salute Nigeria's President during his visit to troops on front lines of Boko Haram conflict, on November 28, 2018, in Maiduguri as part of a military staff annual conference. - Nigeria's President urged troops to show more commitment in fighting Boko Haram despite scores of losses in a recent assault as he visited the key northeastern city of Maiduguri. (Photo by Audu MARTE / AFP) (Photo credit should read AUDU MARTE/AFP/Getty Images)
Nigerian military troops. (Photo by Audu MARTE / AFP/Getty Images)

Four gunmen were killed when Nigerian troops carried out a raid on a suspected hideout of bandits in the northern state of Kaduna, a military spokesman said on Thursday.

The operation, which was carried out on Wednesday, is in continuation of the “sustained offensive against armed bandits and other criminal elements in the country,” said John Enenche, a defense spokesperson.

He added that troops also recovered one rifle and dominated the general area with aggressive patrols in search of the fleeing bandits.

Recently, Kaduna has been experiencing a series of bandit’s attacks that have led to the loss of lives and properties.

Following the development, the Nigerian air force in August deployed additional special forces to southern Kaduna.