Troops kill three terrorists, rescue a soldier and two others in Benue

Troops from the Nigerian Army killed three terrorists in Sankara, Ukum Local Government Area, Benue State.

Two hostages were also rescued during counterterrorism operations in North Central State, according to a Thursday announcement on the Army’s X account.

“Acting on actionable intelligence, troops raided a notorious kidnap syndicate hideout in Sankara, Ukum Local Government Area, resulting in the neutralization of three terrorists and the rescue of two hostages,” the statement continued.

One AK-47 rifle, a locally made gun, various mobile phones, a camouflage suit, and a motorcycle were also found.

Soldier Rescued
In a similar operation, troops freed a serving Nigerian Army soldier who had been kidnapped in Goh Area, Gwer West Local Government Area of the state.

Though little is known about the soldier, the army stated that he was kidnapped on May 25 and is currently undergoing medical examinations after being rescued.

“Similarly, on May 30, 2024, Lieutenant Bot Elisha and eleven other passengers kidnapped while riding on a Peace Mass Transit Bus from Abuja to Port Harcourt were rescued.

“The troops successfully tracked down and freed the victims after diligently combing known and suspected kidnappers’ enclaves.” “All rescued individuals are currently receiving medical care,” the army stated.

See the full statement issued by the army below:

TROOPS NEUTRALIZE 3 TERRORISTS, RECOVER ARMS, RESCUE KIDNAP VICTIMS IN MULTIPLE OPERATIONS IN BENUE STATE

In a series of recently conducted counter terrorism operations, troops of the Nigerian Army have successfully quelled the nefarious activities of notorious kidnappers and rescued their hostages in Benue State. Acting on actionable intelligence, troops raided a notorious kidnap syndicate hideout in Sankara, Ukum Local Government Area, resulting in the neutralization of three terrorists  and the rescue of two hostages. The operation also led to the recovery of one AK-47 rifle, one locally fabricated gun, assorted mobile phones, a camouflage uniform, and one motorbike.

In a related development, troops on a search and rescue operation have successfully extricated from Kidnappers’ den, Warrant Officer Ogbonna Charles, a serving soldier of the Nigerian Army, who was abducted in the Goh Area of Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue state. The soldier, who was abducted on 25 May 2024, in Naka, is currently undergoing medical checks following his rescue.

Similarly, on 30 May 2024, Lieutenant Bot Elisha and 10 other passengers who were kidnapped while traveling on board a Peace Mass Transit Bus from Abuja to Port Harcourt were rescued. The troops,  diligently combing known and suspected enclaves of the kidnappers, successfully trailed and freed the victims. All rescued individuals are currently receiving medical attention.

In another significant operation, following an airstrike by the Nigerian Air Force on the hideout of a militia kingpin known as “Full Fire” on 29 May  2024, troops conducted an exploitation mission to the target camp. The operation resulted in the recovery of four Baofeng  radios with six chargers, one laptop, two Citel phones, three Samsung  tablets, and 22 SIM cards of various networks. Additionally, 2 Moniepoint POS machines, numerous phone batteries, one HP hard drive, various family pictures, one burnt AK-49 rifle, a magazine containing 11 rounds of ammunition, and a pen containing 30 cows were seized.

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