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Security operatives rescue 22 from bandits in Niger

Some 22 persons kidnapped by terrorists in Kuchi commuity in Munya local government council of Niger state have regained freedom.

Commissioner for Internal Security and Humanitarian Affairs, Emmanuel Umar, who announced this in a statement, said following intelligence report, security agencies mobilised a manhunt and engaged the terrorists within the river line of Dangunu axis, during which the terrorists scampered to the overflooded river and forest belt – abandoning their victims and some of their belongings.

According to Mr Umar, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has instructed security agencies to continue to show strong resolve in their effort to dislodge and root out terrorists and their activities in the state.

Niger State Commissioner of Police, Monday Bala Kuryas, in a telephone interview, told Radio Nigeria that one of the victims who sustained gunshot injury is currently responding to treatment in hospital.

On Saturday night, a large group of bandits attacked Kuchi community and engaged in a house-to-house search, abducting their victims during a heavy downpour. Thereafter, the armed group took the captives to the forest.

Reporting by Aliyu Lawal; Editing by Muzha Kucha and Tony Okerafor