- Some kidnap victims in Zamfara state have been rescued by security officials
- The rescue operation was carried out on Sunday, December 20, after bandits stormed the state
- Kidnapping has been on the rise recently in the northeast zone of the country
No fewer than 10 kidnapped victims have been rescued from the clutches of bandits by the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji at Yenyewa village in Zamfara following a tip-off.
Vanguard reports that the coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, made this known in a statement issued on Tuesday, December 22, in Abuja.
Enenche said the troops had on Sunday, December 20, responded to a distress call on bandits’ activities in the area and engaged them in a gun duel.
According to him, the criminals had no choice but to flee in disarray as the troops overwhelmed them with superior firepower. As a result, they also left behind 10 kidnapped victims.
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“The rescued kidnapped victims have been reunited with their families."
He also disclosed that troops of Operation Whirl Stroke killed one bandit, arrested two others in two encounters in Benue on Monday, December 22.
“Troops recovered an AK-47 rifle and a magazine loaded with 4 rounds of 7.62mm Special Ammunition from the criminal elements.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that about 84 pupils of the Hizburrahim Islamiyya school in Katsina were rescued by the police command in the state following a distress call on Saturday, December 19.
It was reported that the police spokesman in the state, SP Gambo Isah, said the pupils were kidnapped while on their way back from Maulud occasion celebrated at Unguwan Alkasim village in the state.
In a related report, just one day after Kankara boys arrived in Katsina after spending about one week in Katsina, Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped another set of Nigerians in Borno.
The terrorists launched the attack on Saturday, December 19, along the Damaturu/Maiduguri highway in the state.
Eyewitnesses claimed that before the kidnap, the terrorists mounted checkpoints in Jakana and Auno towns, stopping vehicles and whisking away persons they deemed as targets in an operation that lasted over 30 minutes.
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