Nigerian troops rescue 6 kidnap victims, kill 1 bandit in Kaduna


The 1 Division Nigerian Army has reported a successful rescue operation in Kaduna State, where six kidnapped victims were rescued and one bandit was neutralized. The Acting Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, Lt.-Col. Musa Yahaya, confirmed the operation, stating that the rescue occurred in the Hayin Tsando area of Maraban Jos, Igabi Local Government Area.

According to Yahaya, the operation was initiated based on credible and timely intelligence about the kidnapping. The troops swiftly mobilized, launching a search and rescue operation. Upon engaging the bandits and criminals, a fierce firefight ensued. During the operation, six kidnapped victims were successfully rescued, two AK-47 rifles were captured, and one bandit was neutralized. Other criminals managed to escape, some sustaining gunshot wounds.

The General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army and Force Commander Operation Whirl Punch, Maj.-Gen. Valentine Okoro, praised the troops for their resilience and bravery during the operation. He urged them to maintain their aggressive approach until all criminal elements within the division’s jurisdiction are completely eradicated.

Additionally, Yahaya appealed to all paramedics to remain vigilant and report individuals with gunshot wounds promptly to the Nigerian Army and other security services, ensuring swift action against criminals and their networks.

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