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JUST IN: Soldiers kill top bandit kingpin in Kaduna-Katsina border community

Nigerian security forces have neutralized the infamous terrorist Buharin Yadi, popularly known as Buhari Alhaji Halidu, along with dozens of his fighters.

The operation marks a decisive victory against one of the deadliest bandit leaders who has terrorized Northern Nigeria for the past decade.

Troops from Sector 6, under the command of Major General MLD Saraso, General Officer Commanding of One Division Nigerian Army, executed the covert operation targeting Buharin Yadi and his cohorts.

According to security analyst, Zagazola Makama, the fierce battle occurred around Idasu forest, straddling the boundaries between Giwa Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State and Sabuwa LGA of Katsina State.

The operation was launched in response to intelligence reports indicating terrorist movements from the Samunaka, Saulawa area of Katsina State.

Upon arrival, troops discovered evidence of recent bandit activities, including destroyed settlements and slaughtered cattle.

According to the report, ”A ferocious battle quickly followed, as approaching terrorists were pounded with artillery rounds at Hayin Almajiri.

”The troops then fought bravely through an ambush, to attain their objective. Initial assessments indicate that at least 36 bandits were eliminated in the engagement.  It was eventually verified that one of those neutralized was Kachalla Buharin Yadi.

”Kachalla Buhari Alhaji Halidu (also known as Buharin Yadi or Buhari Janar) and the brigands under his command had been unleashing terror on citizens in Kidandan/Galadimawa general areas of Giwa LGA, Sabon Birni/Kerawa general areas of Igabi LGA, other locations in nearby Sabuwa LGA of Katsina State, and indeed some parts of Niger and Zamfara States.

”Buharin Yadi was involved in large-scale cattle rustling, arms trading and drug trafficking. He had led his gang in the pillaging of communities and the slaughter and kidnapping of thousands of citizens in Kaduna and neighbouring states. The merciless bandit was also known to have links with other deadly terrorist groups in the Northeast and Northwest.”

The news of his demise spread like wildfire, triggering massive relief and widespread celebrations among locals spanning Kaduna and Katsina States.

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