Army recovers large cache of arms in Southern Kaduna

The Nigerian Army has announced its troops in Southern Kaduna have recovered a large cache of arms in the area after carrying out a special operation aimed at flushing out armed bandits from the area.

The operation, tagged ‘Harbin Kunama II’ (or Scorpion King), was launched in Kaura Local Governemnt Area on April 19. The arms discovery was made three days after it was launched.

Brigadier-General Sani Usman, the Director of Army Public Relations, said on Sunday, that the arms were discovered on Saturday, April 22 while the special operation was on course.

The arms and ammunition were discovered when the troops were combing the Gwaska, Gangoma, Angwan Far, and Bakin Kogi general areas of Southern Kaduna.

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Usman listed the arms found in the cache as 73 dane guns, four locally made rifles, one locally made machine gun and one locally made pistol. Others were 260 cartridges, 14 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 63 rounds of 9mm ammunition, one locally made small machine gun magazine and a pair of worn out military boot.

“While efforts are ongoing to track down the owners of the arms and ammunition, it is imperative to state that the good people of the area have been very supportive and cooperating with the military which led to these unprecedented findings.

“Similarly, in Sector 1 of the operation which covers Kano State, troops in conjunction with other security agencies are carrying out operations in suspected armed bandits camps in Falgore forest,’’ he said.

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Usman said that Operation Scorpion King will also extend into some forests in Bauch, Kano, and Plateau states.