Police rescued two women from suspected bandits in the Kurfi local government (LGA) area of Katsina state.
Police public relations officer in Katsina, Gambo Isah, confirmed this in a statement on Monday.
He explained that the rescue operation was carried out after a distress call they received on Thursday last week.
The bandits, around 10 and armed with AK 47 rifles, allegedly invaded the village of Sabon Layi on motorcycles and kidnapped some women.
"Consequently, DPO Kurfi led Operation Puff Adder and the vigilante group and chased the bandits to the village of Kaguwa, where they involved them in a weapons duel," the statement said.
According to Isah, the team managed and rescued the duo of Huraira Murnai (60) and Hadiza Murnai (50).
He noted that the bandits had escaped into the forest while the police launched an investigation into the attack on the village.
Meanwhile, the command spokesman revealed that a group of bandits blocked a food road that led to the village of Dankar on Batsari LGA, where they robbed innocent residents of their belongings on Monday.
He said a team of police officers moved in, chased and involved the bandits in a heavy weapons duel.
“Due to the superior firepower of the police, the bandits abandoned their mission and escaped to the nearby forest.
“In the course of the investigation, the team recovered an assault rifle (AR) loaded with 14 cartridges of live ammunition of 5.56 mm and a Kasea motorcycle, of red color, without registration, with the chassis LAELE2413KMG45286 and the engine AT THE. 157FMI190745358 belonging to the bandits, ”added the statement.