Troops and Special Forces of the Army have killed nine terrorists and rescued over a dozen hostages, including women and children.
They cleared more bandits’ camps in different locations in Giwa Local Government area of Kaduna State.
Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed this development in a statement on Thursday, saying the troops recovered five locally made firearms, five rounds of ammunition and four cartridges among others during the exploit.
According to Aruwan: “Troops and Special Forces of the Nigerian Army made further gains in ongoing offensives as they neutralized a total of nine bandits during fierce battles in some locations in Giwa LGA.
“It was disclosed in feedback to the Kaduna State Government that the troops cleared a bandit camp at a river line around Rafin Sarki and neutralized five bandits in the vicinity, while many others fled.
“In another leg of the fierce encounter, the troops and Special Forces cleared a hideout around Galadimawa forest, where four bandits were engaged and neutralized. More than a dozen kidnapped women and children were rescued by the troops, having been abandoned by their captors.
“On clearing the camp, the combat-ready officers and men recovered five locally made firearms, five rounds of ammunition, four cartridges, a radio and charger, and one military-issue jungle hat.
“Governor Nasir El-Rufai praised the consistent efforts of the officers and men and further thanked them for the feats and successful rescue of the victims.
“Offensives in the identified enclaves continue across the State.
“The Kaduna State Government hereby appeals to citizens to continue to volunteer information on bandits, their hideouts as well as their informants and logisticians, via these phone lines: 09034000060 and 08170189999.”