By AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna
Two persons have been confirmed killed by suspected kidnappers as troops carrying out internal security operations rescued nine kidnap victims along the Kaduna-Abuja road on Sunday afternoon.
Kaduna Government disclosed this in a statement on Monday morning based on operational feedback from the Defence Headquarters’s Operation Thunder Strike (OPTS) on the Sunday’s incident and inquiries from residents.
Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan explained: “Troops of the Operation Thunder Strike on a routine patrol along Akilubu-Gidan Busa axis on the Kaduna-Abuja road, received a distress call at around 4pm of bandits blocking the main highway.
“The armed bandits opened fire on a bus, forcing the driver to halt.
“On getting to the location, the armed bandits had already kidnapped nine persons from an 18-seater bus with registration No. Kaduna: MKA-151.
“The troops immediately mobilised and engaged the bandits in a firefight and in the process rescued nine persons kidnapped, who later rejoined their colleagues after their rescue and a head count.
“Regrettably, the driver and a passenger seated close to him lost their lives.
“The Kaduna State Government sends its condolences to their families and prays for God to grant them eternal rest.
“Following this summary from the military, the government assures citizens and commuters plying the route that any emerging developments regarding the unfortunate incident will be communicated.
“The government also assures citizens of Kaduna State that it will continue to work hard, in collaboration with the Federal Government to improve the security of the highway. It is also working with the Governments of Zamfara, Katsina, Niger, Nasarawa, Plateau, Sokoto and Kano States, as well as the Military, Police, DSS and relevant stakeholders on enhancing the security situation in the region,”