Soldiers storm kidnappers’ camps, kill 10 in Kaduna

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Troops of the Nigerian Army, attached to 1 Division, have stormed three kidnappers’ camps in the Kamuku, Kidandan and Unguwar Maigwari areas of Kaduna State, during which they shot dead more than 10 gunmen.

Our correspondent learnt the troops, who were members of Operation Whirl Punch, engaged the kidnappers for several hours and recovered items including one AK-47 rifle, 25 rounds of 7.62 ammunition, empty alcoholic bottles, used syringes and some narcotic substances.

According to the army, the operation started since last Monday and continued till Friday, with some of the kidnappers reportedly fleeing into the forests with gunshot injuries.

It was gathered that soldiers uncovered a camp in Kamuku, which was believed to be the operational base of the kidnappers and where they hid their victims.

A military source said, “At least 10 of the kidnappers were neutralised and the camp was destroyed.”

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Our correspondent learnt that the operation in the Kidandan area was carried out with the assistance of the local vigilance group which identified the kidnappers’ camp.

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The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Muhammad Dole, on Sunday, confirmed the operations, noting that the troops under Operation Whirl Punch would continue assault on kidnappers’ camps to ensure safety of lives and properties.

He said, “Troops began an operation in Kamuku forest where bandits used to harbour and plan their nefarious activities. Several of the bandits were neutralised and the camps were destroyed.

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In another operation, a combined effort between the troops and the local vigilance group saw the raid of an identified camp in the Kidandan general area. As a result, one bandit was killed and others escaped with gunshot injuries. One AK-47 rifle with 25 rounds of 7.62mm Special was recovered.

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“We also got information on activities of kidnappers at Unguwar Maigwari area. Troops thereafter raided the kidnappers’ camps along Doka-Rijana Road.

The camps were discovered to have been littered with empty alcoholic bottles, syringes and some narcotic substances. During the raid, one informant was arrested and three Dane guns were recovered.

“The troops will continue to raid all suspected camps and maintain aggressive patrols in order to ensure safety of lives and properties of citizens.

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The level of cooperation and support from the locals is highly appreciated and they are urged to sustain it, so as to be able to eliminate the criminals in our midst.”

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