Operatives of the Nigerian Army have rescued nine hostages from a den of kidnappers in Zamfara State.
The Operation Hadarin Daji troops of the Nigerian Army also recovered N2,410,000 from the hideout where the kidnappers were holding their hostages in the dense forest.
The 9 rescued hostages, according to the army, are all from Sokoto State but that one female hostage was killed by the bandits during the firefight and that all rescued victims have been handed over to the appropriate authority to reunite them with their families.
We gathered that the troops succeeded based on credible information on armed bandits movement with some kidnapped victims from Sokoto state through Gadazaima village in Zamfara state.
“The troops immediately mobilised for an offensive ambush operation within the village and made contact with the armed bandits that lasted for hours”, the Nigerian Army said in a statement.
The statement added that superior firepower by the group forced the bandits to abandon the kidnapped victims and withdraw in disarray.
“During the fire fight, 10 armed bandits were neutralised while unconfirmed numbers of them fled with gunshot wounds”, the statement noted.
It added that in an attempt to escape troops’ onslaught, several of the bandits drowned in a swampy river while 2 were captured alive during pursuit by the troops.
“Consequently, after the encounter 6 AK 47 Rifles, 1PKT Machine Gun and 5 Magazines. Others include; 20 rounds of 7.62MM Special ammunition, 3 Mobile phones, 2 Solar Panels, 1 sewing machine were captured from the Bandits. Also, a sum of N2,410,000 recovered”, the statement said.