July 13, 2024

July 13, 2024

Troops Kill 14 Suspected Bandits, Rescue Hostages In Niger, Kaduna Clearance Operations

Troops of 1 Division, Nigerian Army, have conducted coordinated offensives in Kaduna and Niger states, resulting in the neutralization of 14 insurgents, rescue of kidnap victims and recovery of weapons.

This was disclosed in a statement on the Nigerian Army official X handle, signed by Lieutenant Colonel Musa Yahaya, acting Deputy Director Army Relations, 1 Division Nigerian Army, on Sunday, 24th December 2023.

According to the statement, troops engaged insurgents at Madawaki in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State on 23rd December 2023, neutralizing two insurgents while others fled with gunshot wounds.

The encounter led to the recovery of 2 AK rifles, 2 AK rifle magazines, and 1 motorcycle.

The troops proceeded to the camp of insurgents’ leader Ali Kachalla, where they rescued 13 kidnap victims and recovered items, including an international passport, suspected to belong to a high-profile affiliate of the insurgents.

The camp was destroyed, and the rescued victims were provided medical attention before they were reunited with their families.

The troops continued to another insurgents’ camp, led by Alhaji Laye, which was deserted.

However, a search resulted in the recovery of 4 AK 47 rifle magazines.

An insurgents’ storehouse was also discovered in Madawaki, containing assorted soft drinks, cartons of bottled water, liquid milk, energy drinks, a generator, and other food items. All items and the camp were destroyed on-site.

Yahaya further stated that on Saturday, 23rd December 2023, troops neutralized three insurgents at Maidaro in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, and recovered one AK 47 rifle, one AK 47 rifle magazine, one dane gun, and two motorcycles.

In the Kidandan-Yadi general area of Birnin Gwari, he said that troops destroyed an insurgents’ camp, neutralized five insurgents, and recovered 12 motorcycles.

Parts of the statement read, “Also, troops operating at the Kachia axis on 21 December 2023 in response to a kidnap incident successfully launched an ambush along Maro junction and made contact with the criminal kidnappers.

“In the fire fight that ensued, troops neutralized 3 of the kidnappers with others escaping with gunshot wounds.

“Troops recovered the sum of fifteen thousand naira, two mobile phones, one motorcycle and two cutlasses and also rescued an abducted person.

“The rescued victim, Mr Rabiu Ahmed (25 years old) was rushed to a nearby military hospital, and was subsequently treated, and his dispossessed items returned to him and reunited with his family.

“In the same vein, in the early hours of 24 December 2023, acting on credible intelligence, troops of 1 Division ambushed insurgents at Kwanar Batero in Kaduna State and neutralized one insurgent.

“Items recovered include one AK 47 rifle, one magazine, 5 rounds of 7.62 mm, 3 motorcycles and one baofeng radio.”

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