KADUNA: Troops kill one, rescue 39 kidnapped victims

Troops of the 4th Battalion of the Nigerian Army were said to have overpowered bandits along the Kwanar Tsintsiya axis of Kaduna-Zaria Road, Igabi Local Government Area Kaduna State, killing one of the bandits.

A government statement said that the military also thwarted the efforts of the bandits along the Abuja – Kaduna Expressway in the early hours of Monday.

He also said troops responded to accident victims along the Abuja – Kaduna highway. He, however, said one of the accident victims died.

According to the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, troops also rescued 39 kidnapped victims who were traveling to Onitsha from Sokoto State.

Aruwan said the troops were still trailing the bandits as of the time of filing these reports.

He said, “The Kaduna State Government has received feedback from the military on recent operations in different locations in the state.

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“According to the latest report, the military thwarted armed bandits on the Kaduna-Abuja and Kaduna-Zaria Roads in the wee hours of Sunday, 29th November, and early hours of Monday, 30th November 2020 respectively.

“At Kwanar Tsintsiya axis of Kaduna-Zaria Road, Igabi local government, troops of 4 Battalion Nigerian Army overpowered the armed bandits that were shooting at motorists plying the route.

“One of the bandits was neutralized while several escaped with bullet wounds. Furthermore, the troops rescued 39 persons traveling to Onitsha from Sokoto from the armed bandits. The troops are still trailing the bandits to areas said to be their enclave.

“The troops also responded to distress calls about bandits attacking and rustling in the same general area. On arriving at the location, the troops recovered 69 cattle while one of the armed bandits was neutralised. Pictures of the bandits neutralized, rescued citizens and recovered cattle are attached.”

The commissioner added that in the early hours on Monday, “troops successfully dislodged armed bandits along the Kaduna-Abuja Road. However, a stray bullet fired by the criminals hit a driver and passenger.

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