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Troops in fierce gun battle with terrorists in 3 Kaduna LGAs

…Neutralize bandits, rescue 8 citizens, foil attacks.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Military authorities have reported to the Kaduna State Government that troops had engaged and repelled terrorists during operations in Chikun and Igabi local government areas of the state.

According to the first operational feedback Tuesday, troops in the Maraban Rido general area of Chikun LGA responded to sounds of gunfire and swiftly mobilized towards the target location in Ungwan Musa. 

According to the statement by Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, the troops fought their way through an ambush, which they cleared aggressively, as they approached the scene of the attack. 

“An intense firefight followed at the targeted building. The troops’ superior firepower eventually prevailed over the terrorists, who escaped through a back fence with gunshot wounds, as confirmed by bloodstains, which lined their exit,” it stated. 

The troops, according to the release, pursued the terrorists through their withdrawal route and, in the process, rescued eight persons, who had initially been taken hostage. 

“The rescued persons are listed as Likita Igah, Nancy Likita, Genesis Likita, Wilson Likita, Mary Kalat, Victor Joel, Simon Musa Ali and Rufus Elisha. One of the outlaws was neutralized by the troops during the operation. 

“Similarly, an attack at Unguwar Tasha in Birnin Yero general area of Igabi LGA was successfully foiled by security forces when terrorists tried to force their way into residential buildings in the area. One of the bandits was neutralized in this operation.

“Also, a terrorists’ attack was foiled in Hayin Kanwa, Giwa LGA. One of the terrorists was similarly neutralized during the encounter,” it added.

Receiving the feedback, Governor Nasir El-Rufai expressed gratitude to the troops for their brave efforts during the operations. He commended the troops’ swift response to the attacks and their relentless force in beating back the outlaws to rescue the citizens.

“The governor extended his prayers and warm regards to the eight rescued persons and wished them all the best for the future.  The statement stressed that, “The Kaduna State Government urges citizens to immediately report any individuals found seeking treatment for suspicious injuries, by calling the Security Operations Room on the numbers 09034000060 and 08170189999,” adding, “Security agencies are sustaining patrols in the general area.” 

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