Nigerian troops on Wednesday repelled an attack by terrorists at Faru Village near their base in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
This is just as 21 children and five women have reportedly drowned in a river at Bukuyum local government area. According to the report, the deceased were fleeing an attack by terrorists, who invaded their communities, when the two boats conveying them across the river capsized.
Meanwhile, the attack in Maradun, launched by bandits suspected to be loyal to the notorious bandit, Bello Turji, had caused panic among residents of communities close to the military base. However, it was gathered that the swift intervention of military forces led to the elimination of scores of bandits-terrorists while others beat a hasty retreat after they were overwhelmed in a fierce gun battle by troops.
A security intelligence source, who confirmed the counter-offensive operation by a battalion of soldiers, told newsmen that the bandits attempted to invade communities in the Maradun axis.
“But our troops repelled their attack, killing an undisclosed number of terrorists. Some of the criminals fled with injuries. But normalcy has since been restored and villagers in the town are going about their activities, peacefully”, he said.