SIXTEEN abducted victims were freed by Operation Forest Sanity troops, who also killed three bandits in separate operations in Kaduna State’s Birnin-Gwari and Igabi Local Government Areas.
In a statement released today, the state’s commissioner for internal security and home affairs, Samuel Aruwan, stated that some of the rescued victims had been transferred to an undisclosed hospital for medical attention.
According to the commissioner, one AK-47 rifle, one pump action gun, one IED, one Baofeng radio, and ten motorcycles were among the items seized from the terrorists.
He said, “Troops of Operation Forest Sanity have rescued 16 citizens in operations spanning Birnin Gwari-Kaduna Road and a location in Igabi LGA.
“According to operational feedback, the troops responded to a distress call along the Udawa-Manini axis of the Birnin Gwari-Kaduna Road. The troops arrived to foil the attack, rescuing 15 persons in the process. Some of the rescued persons who sustained injuries were rushed to hospital for treatment.
“Similarly, troops of Operation Forest Sanity responded to a distress call from Gonan Doctor village, Igabi LGA, and laid ambush at a likely crossing point in Maraban Huda village.
“Contact was made with the bandits, and following a firefight, one bandit was neutralised.
“A kidnapped victim was rescued, though injured by the bandits, and was rushed to the Jaji Cantonment Hospital for treatment. One motorcycle was recovered.
“Furthermore, in response to credible intelligence of bandits’ movement around an interstate boundary area, troops of Operation Forest Sanity set up ambush positions around Mangoro general area around Chikun-Birnin Gwari LGA, on the boundary with Shiroro LGA of neighbouring Niger State.
“The troops engaged the approaching bandits and neutralised two. The troops also recovered one AK47 rifle, one pump action gun, one Improvised Explosive Device, one Baofeng Radio, and 10 motorcycles.”
The commissioner said that Governor Nasir El-Rufai was pleased with the security forces’ accomplishments and expressed excitement about the reports.
The governor, he continued, commended the bravery of the forces for the success of the rescue effort and hoped for the victims’ speedy recovery.