Police Says 13 Officers Injured, One Inspector Dead In Battle With Kaduna Bandits
Nigeria Police said it lost an inspector in the battle with bandits in Kaduna on Wednesday while 13 officers, including the two pilots of the Bell helicopter which provided aerial coverage for the land troop, were injured in the operation.
Frank Mba, the police spokesman who confirmed the casualties figures in the operation against bandits said the security agency went on the mission to raid the camp as a result of intelligence gathered over some period of time.
He spoke on phone with the panel on TVC Journalists Hangout programme in Lagos and said it was not an easy operation while a mop-up operation is still on in the camp.
According to him, the Police recovered 11 AK47 rifles from the camp of the bandits, 152 rounds of GPMG ammunition in two long chains, two cartoons of 48 sachets of tramadol and 700 rounds of Ak 47 ammunition.
“We also suffered some injuries, it was not without casualties on our part, as a matter of fact, we lost Inspector Mohammed Abubakar, who was trained in Belarus.”
He described the dead policeman as one of the finest trained police officer who has participated in many counter-insurgency operations in the time past.
He said the police also 13 members of the troop who were injured in the operations, this includes the two pilots of the helicopter.
“It was a successful operation, we will continue to carry out such operations to recover all public spaces under the control of bandits and criminals in the country,” Mba said.
On Wednesday, a combined team of Police forces embarked on raiding the largest operational camps of the Ansaru Terror Group (also housing other bandits and kidnappers) located in Kuduru Forest, Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State.
Mba, in a statement said the Police operation was carried out by a combined team of Operation Puff Adder operatives made up of the Police Mobile Force, Counter-Terrorism Unit, Special Forces, Intelligence Response Team, Special Tactical Squad and Special Anti-Robbery Squad.