Troops kill one, rescue eight hostages in Kaduna communities

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Kaduna State government says military authorities have reported that troops engaged and repelled terrorists during operations in Chikun and Igabi local government areas and rescued eight (8) persons.

Those rescued by the troops are Likita Igah, Nancy Likita, Genesis Likita, Wilson Likita, Mary Kalat, Victor Joel, Simon Musa Ali and Rufus Elisha.

A statement issued by the state Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan said the first operational feedback indicated troops in the Maraban Rido general area of Chikun local government area responded to sounds of gunfire and swiftly mobilized towards the target location in Ungwan Musa.

It added that the troops fought their way through an ambush, stressing that they cleared aggressively as they approached the scene of the attack.

An intense firefight followed at the targeted building while the troops’ superior firepower eventually prevailed over the terrorists who escaped through a back fence with gunshot wounds, as confirmed by bloodstains that lined their exit, the statement explained.

It said the troops pursued the terrorists through their withdrawal route and in the process rescued eight persons who had initially been taken hostage.

It said one of the outlaws was neutralized by the troops during the operation.

The statement also said an attack at Unguwar Tasha in Birnin Yero general area of Igabi local government area was successfully foiled by security forces when terrorists tried to force their way into residential buildings in the area.

It explained that one of the bandits was neutralized in the operation.

It added that a terrorists’ attack was foiled in Hayin Kanwa, Giwa local government area while one of the terrorists was similarly neutralized during the encounter.