Nigerian troops foil tried kidnap of 39 girls in Katsina

Nigerian troops foil tried kidnap
Nigerian troops foil tried kidnap of 39 girls in Katsina

Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji, together with the police and vigilance group deployed in Dandume Government Area of Katsina State, on Sunday, foiled an effort by suspected bandits to abduct 39 Islamiya girls.

Coordinator of Defence Media Operations Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, during a statement on Sunday, also said that the troops also recovered eight rustle cattle from the bandits.

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Enenche said the victims are reunited with their families while the recovered cattle are handed to the owners.

According to him, the incident happened on December 19.

The statement read: “Troops received a distress signal about 11:30 pm on December 19 from locals at Mahuta village, that suspected bandits were moving with some Islamiya pupils, mostly girls, and rustled cattle.

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“The children were coming back from a Maulud program at Unguwar Al-Kasim village.

“While patiently expecting the bandits at their ambush and blocking position, troops established contact with bandits and engaged them.

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“During the fierce battle, troops superior firepower forced bandits to abandon the youngsters and therefore the rustled cattle, thereby forcing the bandits to escape in disarray into the forest.

“Troops thereafter searched the overall area and rescued the 39 kidnapped girls added to the recovery of 8 rustled cattle.”

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