Forty-two bandit terrorists on Monday were neutralised in the Shiroro area of Niger State by a joint military-police operation.
It was gathered that the security operatives were deployed following information on the movement of the terrorists toward Alawa village.
The security operatives laid an ambush for the bandit terrorists who fled the ongoing military operation in Zamfara.
The operatives upon sighting the bandits opened fire on them at Manganda junction in Shiroro.
However, the gun battle led to the death of a military officer while a few others sustained injury.
An officer said, “At least 42 bandits were killed. We lost a soldier, while team members who sustained injury have been taken to Asmau Hospital in Kagara.
“We recovered sophisticated weapons, motorcycles and herds of cattle from the bandits during the operation.”
In a related development, the Presidency has given reasons why the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration will not name and shame Boko Haram/ISWAP sponsors.
Recall that the federal government had in May this year stated that it would soon begin the prosecution of some highly placed Nigerians suspected to be financing terrorism in the Northeast.