The Defence Headquarters said troops of Operation Thunder Strike on Sunday eliminated two bandits and wounded many others in an encounter on Abuja-Kaduna highway.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.Gen. John Enenche, who made this known in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja, said the encounter was in continuation of operation to rid the country of banditry and other sundry crimes.
According to him, troops deployed at Rijana, acting on credible intelligence on the movement of some suspected bandits towards Abuja-Kaduna expressway, swiftly mobilised to the scene and laid ambush along the route.
He said contact was made and the troops overwhelmed the bandits with superior firepower, and killed two while others escaped with gunshots wounds.
He said two locally made guns were recovered in the course of the encounter, adding, “Currently, troops have continued to dominate the area with aggressive patrols to deny bandits freedom of action.”