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Whirl Punch: Troops rescue 7 kidnap victims, kill several bandits in Niger State.

The Military said on Sunday that troops of 31 Artillery Brigade, who are part of Operation Whirl Punch against banditry, on 11 April 2020 on mop-up operation to clear bandits at Dogon Gona Forest general area of Niger State rescued 7 kidnapped victims.

Major General John Enenche, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations made the disclosure in an operational update in Abuja.

He said the victims who were abandoned by the bandits after fierce battle were said to have been kidnapped on 27 March 2020 and taken to unknown destination.

“Following interrogation after a successful rescue operation, the Village Head of Madaki confirmed that the victims were natives of Roro Village of Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.

” The victims would soon be handed over to the appropriate authorities for further necessary action.

” In a related development, Troops of 31 Artillery Brigade on 11 April 2020 at Kontokoro Village while on clearance operation engaged bandits in a gun duel.

“The operation led to the neutralization of several bandits and some escaped with gunshot wounds.

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria hereby continue to solicit for timely and credible information for the enhancement of its operations.

“This is highly desirable in tackling our security challenges.”

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