Soldiers engage bandits in shootout along Kaduna highway, rescue 39 kidnap victims – Photo

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Some notorious kidnappers have been given a tough time by men of the Nigerian army during a recent encounter.

According to the Kaduna Commissioner for Internal Security and Homeland Affairs, Samuel Aruwan in a statement on Monday, soldiers successfully rescued 39 kidnapped on the Kaduna- highway after engaging the kidnappers in a shootout.

The statement, which contained the feedback the said it received from the military authorities on recent military operations in the , revealed how bandits have laid siege to the major highways in the .

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

“One of the bandits was neutralised while several escaped with bullet wounds. Furthermore, the troops rescued 39 travelling 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 the location, the troops recovered 69 cattle while one of the armed bandits was neutralised. Pictures of the bandits neutralised, rescued citizens and recovered cattle are attached.

“On the Kaduna-Abuja Road, bandits advancing towards the Audu-Jungom axis in Chikun local on Sunday 29th November 2020 were repelled by troops.

“The bandits were pursued to Ungwan Tuta, from where the troops lost contact with the bandits. They were denied of action as they couldn’t carry their nefarious act.

“In the early hours of today Monday, 30th November 2020, troops successfully dislodged armed bandits along the Kaduna-Abuja road. However, a stray bullet fired by the criminals hit a driver and passenger.

” Similarly, troops responded to a road involving a truck conveying cattle and a commercial vehicle near Alheri on the Kaduna-Abuja Road. Troops evacuated the injured to hospital under the supervision of Federal Road Safety Commission, and sadly one of the died.

“Troops also rescued some kidnapped by bandits on Sunday 29th November 2020 at around 7pm on the Kaduna-Kachia Road in Kachia local government area.

Nasir El-Rufai has commended troops for the operations against the criminal bandits. He commiserates with families that lost their loved ones and wishes those that sustained injuries speedy recovery.”