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Police engage bandits in Katsina, kill one, recover AK-47

The Katsina State Police Command on Tuesday in the Safana Local Government Area of the state engaged bandits in a gun shootout, killing one of the criminals and recovered one AK 47 rifle.

Reports has it, that the incident occurred along the Runka-Baure axis of the local government area just before Illela village.

The police team attached to Safana police division, on a routine patrol in the area around 12:30 in the morning on Tuesday ran into a five-member gang of bandits, leading to the shoot out.

This was confirmed by the police spokesman in the state, Gambo Isah on Wednesday in a statement.

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Isah said, On Tuesday, 9/03/2021 at about 12:30hrs, Police patrol team attached to Safana Division while on routine patrol along Runka to Baure axis, exactly after Garin Tambari before reaching Illela Village had an encounter with bandits numbering about five, armed with AK-47 riffles.

“The team engaged the hoodlums in a fierce gun duel as a result of which one of the bandits was neutralised and his AK-47 rifle with 2 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition were recovered. Investigation is ongoing.”

Isah also confirmed the arrest of one Lawal Umar alleged to be a bandit and a member of a notorious kidnap gang. Umar confessed to have participated in the kidnap of village head of Radda in Charanchi Local Government Area.

Umar’s gang was alleged to have shot and killed the 60-year-old younger brother of the village head, one Aminu Umar.

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