Troops Rescue 2 Girls, Kill Bandit in Katsina
Troops of Operation Sahel Sanity have rescued two teenage girls kidnapped by armed bandits at Munhaye village.
A preliminary investigation revealed that the duo were kidnapped by suspected bandits at Dan Aji village in Faskari LGA of Katsina State.
The troops, deployed at Angwan Doka, rescued the teenagers during a clearance operation, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), said in a statement, yesterday.
The victims also revealed that their abductors freed them, and fled on noticing troops presence in the area.
According to the statement issued by Brig. Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, troops, while on routine patrol along the fringes of Dajin Wuta Forest, came in contact with bandits on motorcycles.
But in their attempt to escape from the advancing troops, the terrified bandits ineffectively opened fire and withdrew into the forest.
Onyeuko, Acting Director of the Defence Media Operations (DMO), however said the resilient troops gave them a hot pursuit with overwhelming fire power.
In the aftermath of the encounter, he said, one bandit was neutralized and one AK-47 rifle loaded with 27 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition was captured, while several others are believed to have escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds, as evident in the trails of blood, along their escape routes during exploitation.
According to him, troops continue to dominate the general area in search of any straying bandit.