Police in Katsina State says they have rescued eighty-four kidnap victims, mostly Islamiyya schoolchildren, from the hands of bandits in Mahuta village of Dandume Local Government Area of the state.
A statement on Sunday by the Police Spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, said the students were accosted by bandits who had already kidnapped four persons and rustled twelve cows from Danbaure village in Funtua LGA of the state trying to escape into the forest.
The rescue followed a distress call received on Saturday at about 2200hrs, by the DPO Dandume, that some Islamiyya Students of Hizburrahim Islamiyya, Mahuta village, numbering about eighty, were attacked while on their way back from Maulud occasion celebrated at Unguwan Alkasim village, the statement stated.
It said, on receipt of the report, the DPO led Operations “Puff Adder,” Sharan Daji and vigilante group to the area and engaged the bandits into a fierce gun duel.
“Subsequently, the teams succeeded in dislodging the bandits and rescued all the eighty-four (84) kidnapped victims and recovered all the twelve rustled cows. Search parties are still combing the area with a view of arresting the injured bandits and/or recovery of their dead bodies. Investigation is ongoing.”
Recall that last week, over three hundred students of the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, Katsina State were abducted by gunmen, said to be bandits. But Boko Haram later claimed responsibility.
The schoolboys were later freed.