9 bandits killed in Nigeria gunfight

Nigerian Army soldiers stand at a base in Baga on August 2, 2019. - Intense fighting between a regional force and the Islamic State group in West Africa (ISWAP) has resulted in dozens of deaths, including at least 25 soldiers and more than 40 jihadists, in northeastern Nigeria. ISWAP broke away from Boko Haram in 2016 in part due to its rejection of indiscriminate attacks on civilians. Last year the group witnessed a reported takeover by more hardline fighters who sidelined its leader and executed his deputy. The IS-affiliate has since July 2018 ratcheted up a campaign of attacks against military targets. (Photo by AUDU MARTE / AFP) (Photo credit should read AUDU MARTE/AFP/Getty Images)
Nigerian Army soldiers stand at a base in Baga on August 2, 2019. – Intense fighting between a regional force and the Islamic State group in West Africa (ISWAP) has resulted in dozens of deaths, including at least 25 soldiers and more than 40 jihadists, in northeastern Nigeria. ISWAP broke away from Boko Haram in 2016 in part due to its rejection of indiscriminate attacks on civilians. Last year the group witnessed a reported takeover by more hardline fighters who sidelined its leader and executed his deputy. The IS-affiliate has since July 2018 ratcheted up a campaign of attacks against military targets. (Photo by AUDU MARTE / AFP) (Photo credit should read AUDU MARTE/AFP/Getty Images)

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.