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OPHD Troops descend on terrorists kill 2 kingpins, rescue 20 persons in zamfara

The troops of the Joint Task Force North West Operation HADARIN DAJI have again recorded successes against the terrorists in continuation of clearance dry season operations in their Areas of Responsibility.

In the ongoing onslaught against terrorists the OPHD troops have again rescued 20 kidnap victims unhurt and killed 2 terrorists including a notorious terrorists’ leader in separate operations conducted in the state.

The rescued victims

In a press statement made available to SMARTS NEWS by the information officer of the Operation Hadarin Daji, Captain Ibrahim Yahaya said on the 29th January, 2024 the troops rescued the victims during their continuous clearance operation at terrorists’ enclaves at Rukudawa, Dumburum, Tsanu, Birnin Tsaba, Magarya and Shamushalle general areas of Zurmi and Birnin Magaji LGAs of Zamfara state.

He noted that during the operation all the  discovered terrorists’ enclaves including that of a notorious terrorist kingpin identified as Sule were destroyed, as the terrorists fled their camps during a heavy contact with the aggressive troops. 

According to the statement the troops neutralized 2 terrorists including a terrorist leader identified as Sainaje from Katsina state which led to the rescue of 18 kidnap victims comprising 4 males and 14 females as well as children.

Captain Ibrahim added that the troops of Operation HADARIN also rescued 2 kidnap victims who were abducted by the terrorists while on transit along Shinkafi-Isa road in Zamfara state who were abandoned by their captors during a gun duel with the highly motivated troops whose timely response led to the rescue.

He disclosed that all the rescued victims were handed over to the appropriate authorities to reunite them with their respective families. While the General officer commanding 8 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj Gen Godwin Mutkut commended the troops for their doggedness and resilience to restore normalcy in the region.

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