Defense headquarters (DHQ) says troops have killed 17 bandits in an operation in their hideouts in Kaduna state.
Defense media operations coordinator Major General John Enenche confirmed this in a statement on Sunday.
He explained that the bandits were killed in a joint removal operation involving troops from Operations Thunder Strike and Whirl Punch, with air support from Operation Aiki Range Air Component.
Major General Enenche added that some other bandits escaped with gunshot wounds in the operation carried out around the villages of Mashigi Galbi, the Damba community and Kabarasha, all in the local government area of the Gwagwada district in Chikun.
He, however, noted that three empty houses and a church building were partially damaged in the village of Kabarasha while chasing the bandits.
“There were no civilian casualties. The Nigerian Armed Forces deplore this unfortunate incident and a panel has been created to investigate the incident in liaison with the Kaduna State Government, ”said the DHQ spokesman.
He added: "The buildings were identified with the aim of providing adequate compensation to the owners".
Meanwhile, calm has been restored in the area and some people who initially fled the area due to fear of reprisals by bandits said they had returned to the community.
Enenche assured citizens that the Armed Forces High Command of Nigeria would continue to work tirelessly to restore peace and security in the northwest.
He also thanked them for their support and cooperation and encouraged them to continue providing reliable information that would facilitate military operations.