Troops Rescue Kidnapped Victims, Recover Items In Sokoto, Katsina 

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By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna 

Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji have neutralised more bandits, rescued kidnapped victims, recovered items, and destroyed bandits’ hideouts in some states in the North-West, the Nigerian Army said on Friday.

According to a post on its verified Twitter handle, it explained that on  August 3, 2023, armed bandits attempted to infiltrate and attack Isa Local Government Area of Sokoto State, while the vigilant troops deployed in Forward Operating Base, Isa, responded swiftly and repelled the attack with superior firepower.

It further explained that the swift attack forced the bandits to flee with gunshot wounds as traces of blood stains were seen on their routes during the pursuit.

According to the Twitter post, “Similarly, troops of Team 8 of Sector 3, Operation Hadarin Daji, deployed in Sabon Birni in Sokoto State conducted clearance operations, discovered and destroyed bandits’ hideouts at Kusabunni Forest, Tafkin Gawo, Alumdawa, Ungwar Mailele and Malamawa villages in Sokoto State. 

“However, bandits fled and abandoned their hideouts before the arrival of the troops.”

It added that items recovered from the bandits hideouts are three motorcycles, three AK-47 magazines, and ammunition, stressing  that others include variety of pairs of both military and foreign camouflage uniforms, including police uniform, and a radio.

The Army noted further that troops of Sector 2 in Katsina State mobilised an offensive operation along the withdrawal routes of the abductors at Kore town in Batagarawa LGA of Katsina State while responding to a distress call on bandits kidnapping activities and animal rustling. 

It said that on sighting the troops, bandits fled and abandoned the kidnapped victims and the rustled animals.

It noted that four persons who were captured from their farmlands by armed bandits along Ungwan Madugu of Dandume Local Government Area, were rescued by troops of Operation Hadarin Daji in Katsina State. 

It added that the victims were abandoned by their captors and fled when the troops in conjunction with vigilantes mobilised to the scene and successfully rescued the victims, saying that the victims have been handed over to their families while the recovered cattle were handed over to the rightful owners.

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