Nigerian Army troops of 1 division on fighting patrol in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area, made contact with insurgents that led to a firefight on February 6th.
During the encounter, four insurgents were neutralized, while others escaped with gunshot wounds.
Similarly, troops of the division deployed at Birnin Gwari received a tip off on insurgents’ movement on February 7th, where they swiftly moved to intercept them at Kwaga village. The terrorists absconded into the forest in disarray with gunshot wounds, abandoning their victims.
In a statement by Acting deputy director, Army public relations 1 division, Lt Colonel Musa Yahaya says the troops successfully rescued eleven kidnapped victims and one motorcycle.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the victims were kidnapped on the sixth of this month from their village at Masuku in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State. The victims received medical attention from the medical team of the division and subsequently re-united with their families.
According to the statement, the General Officer Commanding 1division and Force Commander, Operation Whirl Punch, Major General Valentine Okoro commended the troops for the success, and appealed to the general public to continue to avail troops and other security agencies with real time intelligence.
He equally appealed to locals to report persons with gunshot wounds seeking paramedics attention to troops or other security agencies for prompt action.