Nigerian Army troops neutralize terrorists, thwart kidnap attempt in Kogi and rescue passengers

Nigerian Army troops neutralize terrorists, thwart kidnap attempt in Kogi and rescue passengers

Troops of the Nigerian Army have neutralized two terrorists in Taraba State, thwarted a kidnap attempt in Kogi State, where they rescued kidnap victims and successfully carried out an offensive operation in Zamfara State.



The Director, Army Public Relations, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, who disclosed this in a statement on Friday, March 15, 2024, said some of the rescued passengers suffered injuries during the kidnap attempt and are currently receiving medical attention in a hospital. 



“Responding to actionable intelligence, on the movement of terrorists in Mayinawa, Garin Daniel and Garbatau axis in Bali Local Government Area of Taraba State, troops swiftly mobilized and made contact with the terrorists, neutralizing 2 of them in an exchange of fire. The terrorists have been reported to frequently terrorize the residents of the communities,” the statement read. 



The troops recovered 2 AK- 47 Rifles, 4 AK- 47 Magazines and 56 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition.



Similarly, troops successfully thwarted a kidnap attempt by criminal elements, who attacked passengers onboard three commercial buses along the Akpata – Obajana road in Lokoja Local Government Area of Kogi State. 



The vigilant troops arrived in time to avert the situation, rescuing the passengers and engaging the criminals in a hot pursuit. Some of the rescued passengers who suffered injuries during the kidnap attempt have been promptly evacuated to a hospital for medical attention.



In a separate operation, troops deployed for Counter Insurgency Operations in the North West, have conducted a successful raid operation into a kidnappers’ den in the Kuyambana general area, along Road Magawa-Migetso in Zamfara State. 


The troops made contact with the insurgents and neutralized 2 in a gun duel. After a thorough search of their camps, troops recovered one pump action gun, one locally fabricated gun, 2 live cartridges, one locally made pistol, one handset and a tying chain used to fasten kidnapped victims. The troops have also destroyed the camp.

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