Troops thwart kidnap attempt, neutralize terrorists in North-East, North-Central

Nigerian Army troops deployed for counter-terrorism, and counter-insurgency operations in the North East and North Central, have announced the arrest of three armed kidnappers in Lankaviri community of Karim Lamido local government council of Taraba State.

The announcement which was on Saturday contained in the Army’s X handle, said the troops responding to a distress call on the 18th of April, swiftly foiled a kidnap attempt on Mr Musa Arewa by three armed kidnappers in Lankaviri community in Karim Lamido Local Government Area of Taraba State.

The kidnappers, having rigorously tortured their victim, according to the account, were intercepted by the troops, as they attempted to smuggle him into a nearby bush.

The Army said the suspected kidnappers were arrested and three locally fabricated guns were recovered from them.

In another jointly coordinated effort with hunters and other security agencies, the troops conducted a fighting patrol to clear communities infiltrated by terrorists.

During the clearance operation, troops neutralized a notorious terrorist, whom the army identifies as Gambo Kachallah, who has been terrorizing the communities.

The affected communities include Garau, Paskere, Tella, Jukun, Farin Ruwa, Mashingi, Jeb Jeb, and Rafin Kada Villages in Karim Lamido Local Government of Taraba State.

The army said troops also successfully apprehended a notorious syndicate specialized in cattle rustling in Plateau State. The arrest, according to the army, was made possible following an intelligent report made available to them.

“The troops conducted a sting operation targeting terrorists’ enclave in Mangu Village, Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State. The operation culminated in a decisive fire engagement with the terrorists, resulting in their arrest and the recovery of illicit arms.

The arrested suspects, as identified by the army are Peter Sale, Enoch Luka, and Hossana Philibus, whom the army said are believed to be key members of the cattle rustling syndicate.

Items recovered from them as listed in the X-handle are one fabricated rifle, one fabricated pistol, 7 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, a motorbike and 2 phones from the suspects.

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