Troops of Operation Thunder Strike, said it rescued students of Government Day Secondary School Gwagwada in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State who were abducted on Thursday.
The troops in three different operation also killed four bandits, wounded many others and recovered arms and ammunition all in Kaduna State.
The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations Officer, 1 Division Headquarters, Colonel Ezindu Idima on Friday disclosed that the troops who were on routine patrol in the general area in Chikun LGA received information from a reliable source that some bandits terrorizing the Abuja-Kaduna highway have waylaid some students on their way to school and abducted them.
According to him, “Troops immediately swung into action and gave the bandits a hot chase. On sighting the troops, the bandits engaged them in a firefight but had to surrender to the superior firepower of the troops.
“Following the firefight , one of the bandits was neutralised while the rest scampered into different directions of the forest with gun shot wounds and all the students abducted by the bandits have been rescued safely and re-united with their families.”
He noted that items recovered from the bandits include one AK47 rifle with seven rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and a pump action gun with ten cartridges. He assured that the troops are currently combing the entire forest in search of the bandits.
Meanwhile, students of Engraver’s College kidnapped last week and the principal of a government school in Kajuru kidnapped on Thursday remain missing.