Troops of the Nigerian Army has rescued three victims and destroyed several bandits camps in Chikun, Kachia and Kajuru forests while the remains of two victims were recovered.

In a statement by the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan says the troops engaged the bandits around Kwanti, Chikun Local governments as the bandits fled into the forest and left behind four motorcycles.

It says upon scouring the area, the troops found two male kidnapped victims, identified as Muntaka Abubakar and Nwabueze John and also discovered corpses of two unidentified female victims who had been killed by the bandits.

The statement explains that, another kidnapped victim, 85-year-old Tabawa Laraba, was rescued by the troops in Kuzo general area.

It reveals that, the troops extended fighting patrols to Abrom, Gabachuwa and Kujeni forest areas spanning Kajuru, Chikun and Kachia Local governments.

“Bandits similarly fled their camps on sighting the advancing forces. The troops dislodged the camps, and recovered two damaged AK-47 rifles along with three mobile phones, some military uniforms and materials for making explosives”

According to the statement, Kaduna State Government thanked and commended the troops for the successful operations and rescue of the victims.

It however sent it heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims executed by the bandits.

The Kaduna State Government appeals to citizens to volunteer information on suspicious individuals seeking medical assistance or refuge in these areas, by reaching out to the Operations Room on 09034000060 and 08170189999.

REL/AMINU DALHATU