Nigerian Airforce foil mass kidnap in Kaduna, rescue hostages


By Salim Yunusa

Troops in Kaduna State have foiled mass kidnap through aerial patrols, and rescued scores of hostages in Igabi Local Council of the state.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said yesterday that reports from locals around Ungwan Najaja, Kerawa and Igabi local councils indicated that the aerial patrols of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) foiled the mass kidnap by bandits.

According to him, the bandits invaded the village and kidnap scores of women, but security agencies were immediately notified and fighter jets were swiftly mobilised to the location.

“The bandits were moving with the large number of women kidnapped from Ungwan Najaja when the air platforms traced them to the outskirts of the village. On sighting the air platforms and conscious of air interdictions following warning shots, the bandits scampered into the forest and abandoned the women.

“They had injured one Hamza Ibrahim while moving out of the village with the kidnapped women, many of whom were housewives. The injured was rushed to a facility where he is receiving medical attention,” he stated.

Governor Nasir el-Rufai reportedly commended the fighter jet crew, and thanked them for their swift response.

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