The Defence Headquarters has said troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE and 117 Guards Battalion, neutralised four armed bandits and rescued three kidnapped victims in Nasarawa and Benue states, in different raid operations.
The coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, said the troops, while on joint clearance operation on 25th September 2020, around Mararaba Udege in Nasarawa State, raided a suspected kidnappers’ camp along Bakonu road in Nasarawa local government area and rescued three kidnapped victims.
He said the troops, in the encounter, killed two kidnappers, adding that the rescued victims have been reunited with their families.
He added that in a related development, following credible intelligence on the possible regrouping of some elements linked to late Gana, at a hideout around Kwaghaondo village, Chanchanji council ward of Takum local government area, Taraba State, troops of Sector 2 conducted a dawn raid operation at the identified hideout.
The coordinator noted that the troops encountered the armed militia elements who opened fire and fled as troops closed in on their position. However, the troops swiftly responded with superior firepower which led to the killing of 2 bandits while one AK 47 rifle, one magazine, and 15 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition were recovered.
He noted that the troops have continued to dominate the area with aggressive patrols and ambushes to deny bandits freedom of action.