2 died, 9 rescued as troops battles bandits along Kaduna-Abuja road

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Troops of Armed Forces has carried out internal security operations, while rescued nine persons kidnapped, regrettably, the driver and a passenger seated close to him lost their lives along the Kaduna-Abuja Road on Sunday afternoon.

The Kaduna State Government made known in a statement, that it received operational feedback from the Defence Headquarters’s Operation Thunder Strike (OPTS) following Sunday’s incident, and inquiries from citizens on the development.

The feedback goes thus: Troops of the Operation Thunder Strike on a routine patrol along Akilubu-Gidan Busa axis on the Kaduna-Abuja road, received a distress call at around 4PM, of bandits blocking the main highway.

The armed bandits opened fire on a bus, forcing the driver to halt. On getting to the location, the armed bandits had already kidnapped nine persons from an 18-seater bus with registration No. Kaduna: MKA-151.

The troops immediately mobilized and engaged the bandits in a firefight and in the process rescued nine persons kidnapped who later rejoined their colleagues after their rescue and a head count. (Pictures attached).

Following this summary from the military, the government assures citizens and commuters plying the route that any emerging developments regarding the unfortunate incident will be communicated.

The government also assured citizens of Kaduna State that it will continue to work hard, in collaboration with the Federal Government to improve the security of the highway, while sent its condolences to the victims families and prays for God to grant them eternal rest.

It is also working with the Governments of Zamfara, Katsina, Niger, Nasarawa, Plateau, Sokoto and Kano States, as well as the Military, Police, DSS and relevant stakeholders on enhancing the security situation in the region.

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