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Nigerian military vows to rout bandits in NW region

18 Sep 2020, 12:18 GMT+10

ABUJA, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Nigerian military on Thursday vowed to continue fighting bandits who have wreaked havoc in the country's northwest region until the criminals are routed from their hideouts.

On the recently launched "Operation Wutan Daji Two" in the northwest region, Sadique Abubakar, Nigerian air force chief, said that the military is aiming to identify the locations of the bandits in the forests with a view to flushing them out.

The operation is one of the multiple military operations in that region which has been wracked by years of violence.

"The fighting is not going to end until we make sure that no civilian is killed and we clear the bandits in the forests," Abubakar said during the on-the-spot assessment of the ongoing operation.

"We don't know when the operation will come to an end. We will make sure until we catch the bandits in their nests," the security chief said, adding the military is working with other security agencies against banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling, and criminal acts in the region.

Banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities have recently become rampant in the northwest region.

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