At least 70 bandits and cattle rustlers have been killed during a Military operation in Kachia forest, Kaduna state on Friday.
The military spokesman, Major General John Enenche said in a statement that the operation which combined ground and air offensives was carried out by troops of Operation Thunderstrike in conjunction with troops of 312 Artillery Regiment and Local Vigilantes.
He explained that the military operatives pursued the bandits through Gidan Maikeri village in Chikun LGA into the forest and their location was identified and consequently engaged by Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunships.
According to him, Troops are still canvassing the forest, scouting for the remaining bandits, to ensure that the escapees are mopped up.
He further called on people in the area to report those with sudden and suspicious injuries to security forces.