Troops clear bandit hideout , rescue 14 victims, neutralize bandit in Kaduna
The Kaduna State Government on Saturday said the troops of Sector Four of Operation Whirl Punch, and Special Forces of the 167 Battalion have cleared a bandit hideout during a fierce encounter in the state.
It said the troops who embarked on a long range fighting patrol to Tukurua general area of Chikun LGA, engaged and overpowered the outlaws, neutralizing one, with others fleeing in disarray.
This was contained in a statement issued on Saturday by the state Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan.
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‘’The troops during the operation rescued 14 kidnapped victims, comprising nine men and five women. The victims were moved to a secure location for debriefing and examination before being reunited with their families,’’ the statement said.
In the course of the battle, the troops destroyed several camps. Two motorcycles were recovered during the operation.
The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai who expressed his elation at the report, commended the troops and praised the leadership of the Major General TA Lagbaja, GOC One Division and Force Commander of the Operation Whirl Punch.
The Governor further extolled the professional prowess of the troops, as all the kidnapped citizens were rescued alive and unhurt.
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