5 suspected bandits killed in shootout with soldiers

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Five suspected armed robbers were on Friday shot dead by the 243 battalion troops of the Nigerian Army, Manguno, in Borno
State in a shootout. Lt.-Col. Sagir Musa, the spokesman of the Joint Task Force (JTF) on Operation Restore Order (ORO), stated this in a statement in Maiduguri.

“Following a tip-off, the 243 battalion in Monguno at about 1655 hours on Friday raided a hideout of a notorious gang of armed bandits terrorising the people
of Monguno and environs.

“Twenty suspected bandits engaged the troops in a shoot-out that led to the death of five persons, and some escaped with bullet wounds,” the statement said.

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It said that two soldiers were also wounded during the shoot-out and were responding to treatment.

“The following items were recovered from the hideout, one AK47 rifle, two locally-made pistols, some ammunition and four Nokia handsets.’’ (NAN)