Nine bandits were killed when Nigerian troops laid an ambush for them in the country’s northern region, a local official said late Tuesday.
Samuel Aruwan, a commissioner for internal security and home affairs in Kaduna state, said the incident occurred late Monday along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway linking the northern state to Abuja, the Nigerian capital city.
The ambush laid by troops followed “a credible intelligence that indicated that the bandits were attempting to cross from the eastern part of the Kaduna-Abuja highway to the western part,” Aruwan told media in Kaduna city, the state capital.
He said the bandits walked into the ambush and met with a hail of bullets from the troops.
Bandits have been consistently accused by the government of committing heinous crimes, including kidnapping and cattle rustling in the northern part of the country.
Vigorous search patrols in the general area will be launched to rout out the remnants of the criminal gangs operating in that region, Aruwan said.