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In Kebbi, soldiers save 17 hostages

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Joint Task Force, North West, Operation Hadarin Daji’s Quick Response Force, QRF, deployed to Malekachi in Kebbi State responded to a distress call and freed 17 kidnapped victims and seized five functioning motorcycles from militants.

This information was released to the media in Gusau, the capital of Zamfara State, by Captain Yahaya Ibrahim, the spokesman for Operation Hadarin Daji.

‘This feat was recently achieved,’ the statement continued, ‘when troops of Operation Hadarin Daji deployed at Malekachi conducted a rescue operation following credible information that terrorists had kidnapped unspecified numbers of persons at Kanya village of Danko-Wasagu Local Government Area of the State and were trying to cross with the victims towards Niger State.

Terrorists’ expected routes and a crossing point in Karenbana hamlet were ambushed after timely mobilization of the armed forces. Subsequently, the terrorists abandoned the victims and escaped with gunshot wounds after being overwhelmed by the troops’ fire power, allowing the troops to successfully rescue 17 hostages.

Among the rescued victims from Danko-Wasagu were 11 males and 6 ladies (including a police officer). Bena’s Divisional Police Officer (DPO) received the rescued victims and is working to reconnect them with their loved ones.

Commander of Joint Task Force North West Operation Hadarin Daji, Major General Godwin Mutkut, was quoted as saying in the statement that the troops were quick to respond and were tasked with doing more to deny the terrorists any freedom of action.

He also praised the public’s prompt response in reporting terrorist activity, which helped save lives, and urged people to be more watchful in the future.

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