Bandits (file photo)
By Ummi Ismaeel,
Fleeing armed bandits have met their Waterloo in Niger State, as they ran into a trap set by the Nigeria Army.
The criminals were fleeing from heavy bombardment by the Nigerian Military in Zamfara and Katsina states at the weekend before they met their end in Maganda village near Allawa in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.
A source confirmed that the bandits were escaping through the notorious Allawa forest, a bush path linking Niger with Zamfara and Katsina states in their hundreds.
He also disclosed that one soldier was missing while the armed bandits suffered heavy casualties as scores of them were neutralized and several others scampered into the forest with bullets wounds after hours of gun battle.
So far, no fewer than six machine guns and an undisclosed number of AK 47 riffles and bags of assorted ammunitions were recovered from the bandits, the source from Allawa community further said.