Nigerian soldiers have rescued three kidnapped women and their babies, the Nigerian Army announced on Sunday.
The troops belonging to Operation Sahel Sanity based in Faskari Local Government Area, Katsina State, however, lost a soldier who tried to rescue a nursing mother during a gun duel between the troops and the bandits at Diskuru village in Faskari Local Government Area.
Five of the bandits were, however, killed during the operation which occurred on Thursday, October 29.
The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, disclosed these in a press statement on Sunday.
The disclosure came as Nigerians continued to digest the successful rescue of a US citizen by American Navy SEALs in an operation somewhere in Northern Nigeria.
The SEALs reportedly killed all but one of the seven abductors of the American and went home unscathed.
The army statement on the rescue of the Nigerian women read in part:
“On October 29, 2020, troops swiftly responded to a distress call about bandits activities at Diskuru village in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State.
“The incident was recorded as the marauding bandits storm the village on several motorcycles, shooting sporadically with the intent to scare the locals and loot valuables.
“On arrival, the gallant troops engaged the criminals in a fierce firefight forcing them to withdraw in disarray. Resulting from the encounter, three bandits were neutralised by the troops as several others were believed to have escaped with various degrees of gunshot wounds. During the exploitation phase, two additional bandits’ bodies were discovered along their withdrawal route.
“Also in the aftermath of the encounter, three women and their infants earlier kidnapped by the bandits were rescued from the criminals. Troops continue to dominate the village and adjoining the environment to deny the bandits any respite.
“Regrettably, one brave soldier paid the supreme price in an attempt to save one of the rescued nursing mothers in the heat of the encounter.”