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Police in Katsina rescue abducted victims as NAF neutralises 100 terrorists

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Police in Katsina rescue abducted victims as NAF neutralises 100 terrorists

In a recent nighttime operation at the Kuka Shidda camp in the Faskari local government area of Katsina State, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has eliminated over 100 terrorists.

The mission, carried out by troops from Operation Hadarin Daji, specifically targeted a criminal group associated with the notorious terrorist leader Yusuf Yellow and his close ally Rabe Imani.

A statement released by the spokesman for the Katsina State governor, Ibrahim Kaula, revealed that the airstrikes also led to the destruction of more than 45 motorcycles.

This successful operation marks the third consecutive air raid by the Nigeria Air Force in the Faskari-Kankara region of the State, which has significantly disrupted the activities of the bandits in the area.

Furthermore, Kaula highlighted that a swift response by security forces prevented a kidnapping incident in the early hours of Sunday in the Jibia local government area of the State. As a result of their prompt action, three victims were rescued from the clutches of the kidnappers.

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“A credible police source disclosed that the distress call regarding abduction of some residents in Kwata area, Jibia local government area was received around 4:15 am.

“Without hesitation, a Supol led an APC patrol team to the scene. They arrived to find armed bandits holding three women captive. Acting swiftly, the team blocked the kidnappers’ escape route, leading to a confrontation. A gunfight ensued, pressuring the criminals to flee.

“Thankfully, all three kidnap victims – Ummulkhari Abubakar (23) Shafa’atu Abubakar (35), and Maryam Lawal (15) – were rescued unharmed. The team also ensured the safety of a six-month-old baby boy named Ismail Usman, who was among those abducted.

“The source indicates that the security forces exercised commendable restraint during the operation, expending only 14 rounds of ammunition and 20 smoke canisters,” the statement read.

It added that the swift response not only saved lives but also sent a strong message to criminal elements that such acts will not be tolerated, adding that “these successful operations demonstrate the NAF and local law enforcement’s unwavering commitment to protecting Katsina State’s citizens from criminal activities.”

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