Troops save 11 women, children from bandits in Katsina, gunmen apprehended
Troops of Operation Sahel Sanity have rescued over 20 victims of kidnapping, which includes 11 women, a truck driver, and an undisclosed number of children that were abducted by bandits at different locations in Katsina State.
The Troops of Operation Sahel Sanity had also rescue another set of eight persons from hoodlums dressed in military camouflage at Fankama and Sabon Layi area of Faskari Local Government Area of the state.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, disclose this to journalists during the weekly briefing on security operations in Abuja on Thursday, explaining that the female traders and children were on their way to Batsari market when they were abducted by the bandits along Shimfida–Gurbi Road.
“On September 17, 2020, troops responding to a distress call rescued eight kidnapped victims from suspected bandits at Fankama and Sabon Layi area of Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State.
“This was as a result of actionable intelligence that bandits dressed in military camouflage uniforms were sighted with kidnapped victims; the troops responded swiftly and made contact with the bandits forcing them to abandon the victims,” the coordinator stated.
Troops were deployed in Forward Operations Base Dansadau had also arrested a suspected bandit on a motorcycle on his way to Dandalla village in Dansadau, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State, in possession of one Pump Action rifle and three live cartridges carefully concealed in a bag.
According to the preliminary investigation by the Defence Headquarters, the ammunition was to be delivered to a bandit leader at a location in Dansadau.
It was also reported that two gunrunners were arrested in possession of 1,620 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition at Kudaru Hill along Kaduna-Jos Road in Lere Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Enenche also revealed that the air component of Operation Thunder Strike killed several bandits in airstrikes executed at Kwaimbana forest area of Kaduna State.
He said, “Equally, on September 18, troops of Forward Operations Base Burukusuma patrol team killed seven bandits at Magira village of Zamfara State. Furthermore, on September 19, troops of Operation Hadarin Daji in conjunction with vigilantes arrested two bandits with N1.3 million at Baworaje village in Talata Mafara LGA of Zamfara State.”
Enenche also broght report that a high profile Boko Haram commander has surrendered with his four wives to the troops, adding that a BH fighter was nabbed at Kamuya in Biu Local Government Area of Borno State and nine other criminals in Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State.