Bandits trying to escape the ongoing military operation in Zamfara and Katsina states met their waterloo in the hands of soldiers at Maganda village near Allawa in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.
The bandits, who were said to be escaping through the notorious Allawa Forest in their hundreds, ran into the military camp stationed at Alawa, and engaged the soldiers in a serious gun battle for several hours.
One soldier was reportedly missing after the end of the exchange of fire.
Scores of the bandits were also killed, while several more escaped into the jungle with bullet wounds.
The PUNCH gathered that the bandits who escaped with serious bullets wounds are trailed by the soldiers as the entire forest is being combed.
It was gathered that about six machine guns and a number of AK-47 riffles and bags of ammunitions were recovered from the bandits.
A source at Allawa community said, “In fact from the dead bodies that we saw, they look like foreigners, all of them are carrying long hair like women. They don’t have resemblance of Nigerians and they don’t know the terrain that was why they ran into the soldiers. They did not know that there is soldiers camp there.”