TROOPS of Operation Hadarin Daji, today, rescued 24 abductees in the Kabugu Lamba, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
The troops received an intelligent report on a bandit hideout at Kabugu Lamba forest where kidnapped victims were concentrated, Channels Television was reliably informed.
A military source said that the troops responded swiftly with a fighting patrol to the general area.
However, on reaching the location, heavy gunfire occurred for hours between the bandits and the Nigerian Army troops and due to the troops’ superior firepower, the armed bandits fled, abandoning the victims in some isolated buildings.
In the encounter, the troops successfully rescued 24 kidnapped victims and neutralised four armed bandits, while others fled with several gunshot wounds.