Troops of 223 Battalion, 1 Brigade, Nigerian Army on Tuesday killed nine armed bandits while a few of them escaped during a patrol to Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State. 

During the patrol, the team encountered and engaged notorious armed bandits that have been wreaking havoc on the communities. The troops killed nine of them, while a few escaped with gunshot wounds. 

The team recovered 3 AK-47 rifles, 4 AK-47 rifle magazines, 5 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, a machete and 24 motorcycles after a thorough combing of the general area.

In continuation of the concerted efforts of clearing cattle rustlers, armed bandits and kidnappers in the north western geo-political region, troops of 1 Division in conjunction with other security agencies have been making tremendous progress. 

In a related development and in a sheer act of bravery, local vigilantes at 'Yargada village, Gusau Local Government Area apprehended another armed bandit.

Buoyed by this success, the troops morale is very high and are determined to continue to enhance the general security of their respective areas of operation through patrols, raids and clearance operations.