Nigerian troops killed three gunmen in a recent encounter in north Nigeria’s Kaduna state, a state official said on Saturday.
Samuel Aruwan, the commissioner for internal security and home affairs in the state, said in a statement that troops killed the gunmen along the Tele-Sabon Gida road in the Chikun area of the restive state.
The troops set an ambush at suspected gunmen rallying point on the route, said Aruwan.
“As expected, the outlaws approached the troops’ position and entered the killing range, after which they were vigorously engaged,” he said.
“The criminals returned fire but were overpowered by the troops after a brief firefight. Three terrorists were neutralized in the exchange,” he added.
Aruwan said during the operation, the troops recovered some weapons, motorcycles as well as mobile phones from the gunmen.
The northern Nigeria region has been wracked by years of violence, with rampant banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities.