According to operational feedback, the troops responded to a distress call along the Udawa-Manini axis of the Birnin Gwari-Kaduna Road.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs and made available to newsmen in Kaduna.
According to him, the troops arrived to foil the attack, rescue persons in the process, while some of the rescued persons who sustained injuries were rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Similarly, the troops responded to a distress call from Gonan Doctor village, Igabi LGA, and laid ambush at a likely crossing point in Maraban Huda village.
He mentioned that contact was made with the bandits, and following a firefight, one bandit was neutralised.
“A kidnapped victim was rescued, though injured by the bandits, and was rushed to the Jaji Cantonment Hospital for treatment. One motorcycle was also recovered.”
“Furthermore, in response to credible intelligence of bandits’ movement around an interstate boundary area, troops of Operation Forest Sanity set up ambush positions around Mangoro general area around Chikun-Birnin Gwari LGA, on the boundary with Shiroro LGA of neighboring Niger State.”
Aruwan said the troops engaged the approaching bandits, and neutralised two. The troops also recovered one AK47 rifle, one pump action gun, one Improvised Explosive Device, one Baofeng Radio, and 10 motorcycles.
Governor Nasiru El-Rufai received the reports with gratitude, and expressed satisfaction at the breakthroughs recorded by the security forces, adding that the Governor commended the troops for the successful rescues and prayed for the quick recovery of injured victims.