The Defence Headquarters on Thursday disclosed that ten people kidnapped by bandits in Katsina State have been rescued by troops.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, further stated that the rescue operation saw one of the bandits killed while another was arrested.
Enenche noted that the rescue mission was conducted by troops of Operation Hadarin Daji.
He stated that the troops had encountered with the bandits while on routine patrol around Gidan Dan Nunu and Dutsi villages in Zurmi Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara and seven victims were rescued.
He also said troops of Forward Operating Base Dangulbi, arrested one Zayanu Abdullahi from Shinkafi district with a huge amount of money while on stop and search patrol.
According to him, preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect was involved in buying stolen cows from bandits.
He said, “Further investigation revealed that the suspect has been a collaborator with bandits. The suspect is in custody for further action.”
“The gallant troops acting on credible intelligence that bandits were operating in Kimbisawa village of Batsari LGA of Katsina state, swiftly mobilised to the village and rescued two women and a child kidnapped by the bandits.”
“Rescued victims were immediately reunited with their families,” he said.
Enenche said troops on the same day, eliminated one bandit in an ambush, while on routine patrol along Batsari-Jibia Road.
According to him, bandits engaged the troops from a high ground but contact was successfully cleared due to troops’ superior firepower.
“One bandit was neutralized, while others escaped with gunshot wounds,” he said.