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  • Updated: May 23, 2024

Katsina: Army eliminates insurgent, rescues 18 kidnap victims

Katsina: Army eliminates insurgent, rescues 18 kidnap victim

In a series of successful operations on May 22, 2024, the Nigerian Armed Forces Combat Team One, in collaboration with the Nigerian Police Force and the Katsina Community Watch Corps, neutralised one insurgent and rescued 18 kidnapped people in Katsina State.

According to a reputable military source cited by the Daily Post, the first clearance operation took place at 10:30 a.m., in response to intelligence reports of rebel activity around the Maidabino River Line and Kanawa settlements.

Combat Team One then fought a group of rebels discovered with stolen cattle. The militants opened fire on the military, but the soldiers responded with superior firepower. One insurgent was neutralised, and others fled with bullet wounds.

According to the military source, no Nigerian personnel were hurt during the operation.

The military source further revealed that earlier on the same day, at 9:45 a.m., troops from Combat Team One got intelligence on the transit of suspected stolen cows belonging to farmers in Sarika village, Musawa LGA, to Alhassanwa village, Danmusa LGA. The army rushed to the scene and apprehended the militants, who were forced to abandon seven stolen cattle.

The source revealed that the recovered livestock was then handed over to officials from Danmusa LGA for further action.

Similarly, in a separate operation performed on the same day at approximately 11:25 am, a combined force comprising Combat Team One, the Brigade Mobile Strike Team, the Nigerian Police Force, and the Katsina State Community Watch Corps conducted a raid on a suspected insurgent camp located in Saunin Bala Maidala village, Danmusa LGA. 

The military confronted the militants, forcing them to retreat and abandon their abductees. A total of 18 kidnapped victims, including one man, nine women, and eight children, were safely freed.

It was revealed that the rescued individuals are from Safana LGA and have now been reunited with their families.

The military source also stated that the state's overall security situation is being continuously monitored to dissuade additional criminal conduct by militants and keep Katsina's people safe.

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