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  • Updated: June 11, 2024

Army raids forest, clash with bandits, kills four in Kaduna, Niger

Army raids forest, clash with bandits, kills four in Kaduna,

The Nigerian Army's brave soldiers have killed four terrorists during ambush and clearance operations in Kaduna and Niger State, dealing a severe blow to the terrorists who were roiling across the states in a series of recent counterterrorism operations.  

Based on useful intelligence, the military in Kaduna State cleared the area near Rijana Forest. The operations targeted the hideouts of terrorists in the villages of Gidan Duna, Gidan Jatua, Gidan Danfulani, and Amale. 

Terrorists were met near Koko Hill in the Rijana Forest by the soldiers en route to Gidan Dutse. The military eliminated three terrorists during the ensuing gunfight and seized two motorcycles, two AK-47 weapons, two magazines, 19 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammo, two cell phones, and two MP3 players.

Along the Zungeru-Tegina Road, near Katako village, troops in an ambush operation in Niger State have also killed one terrorist. One AK-47 gun and one magazine with 29 rounds of 7.62mm (special) ammunition were also found by the soldiers. In addition, the forces confiscated a GSM phone, twenty-seven thousand, eight hundred Naira (N27,800) in cash, two GSM SIM cards, three USB cords, and a few other items. 

Meanwhile, The abducted Kaduna Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Gabriel Ukeh, of St Thomas Parish, Zaman Dabo, has been released from captivity within 24 hours after his abduction.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Director of Communications, Rev. Fr. Okafor Tochukwu, on Monday night.

'With gratitude to God, we announce the safe release of our brother and priest, Rev. Fr. Gabriel Ukeh.' Rev. Fr. Ukeh, who was seized from the Parish Rectory in the early hours of Sunday, was warmly welcomed back to his parish community at approximately 9 PM on Monday. 

'We acknowledge and appreciate the kind and prayerful support of all and sundry who worked round the clock to make this a reality," the statement reads in part.

Recall that Ukeh was abducted in the early hours of Sunday at the Parish Rectory.

Below is a screenshot of the statement from the Nigerian army on X about the attack and ambush on bandits in Kaduna and Niger State: 

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