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Troops launch major rescue operation for kidnapped Kebbi students

Troops launch major rescue operation for kidnapped Kebbi students
Troops of the 72 Special Forces Brigade in Makurdi, Benue state, have stopped 73 men from going to Imo state from Nasarawa.

A major rescue operation is ongoing for the kidnapped students and teachers of the Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri, Kebbi State.

Over 100 people, the majority of them girls, and five teachers, were kidnapped last week after bandits stormed the school.

Top security sources told newsmen that some of the students had been rescued by troops. The remaining abducted students, the source said, had been split into five groups by the bandits, who had now been surrounded by troops.

The troops have however not stormed the locations so that the girls will not be caught in the crossfire or killed by the bandits.

“They have been surrounded by troops but they are negotiating so that the girls would not be killed,” the source said.

Meanwhile, about 15 people recently kidnapped by bandits in Tegina town of Niger state at the weekend escaped from their Abductors.

The 15 were among the adults abducted along with the 156 pupils of the Salihu Tanko Islamic school more than two weeks ago.

Newsmen learnt that after their abduction, the adults were separated from the children and taken into Zamfara forests while the children were kept in another location yet unknown.

It was reliably learnt that on Friday night, the 15 victims managed to open the door of the house in which they were locked in the forest after the bandits stationed to guard them were deeply asleep as a result of drunkenness.

Newsmen further gathered that the escapees moved in different directions so that they will not arouse suspicion from other bandits in the forest.

One of the escapees, who first arrived in Tegina, broke the news which made the Niger State Government to immediately swing into action to assist the remaining victims.

The escapee was however admitted at a Medical facility in the town for treatment.

Checks also showed that three others, among them a Councillor, a driver and one other person who escaped, arrived in Tegina Sunday morning.

It was gathered that another of the escapees was rescued and brought to Minna where he was also admitted at a Medical facility for treatment.

A top government official said the escapee was treated, given food and a new dress and will soon be reunited with his family in Kuta.

The official said that security operatives had been sent to the Tegina–Birnin-Gwari road to await the arrival of the remaining 10 escapees.

“Once we get them we will bring them to Minna for proper attention,” the source said.

The escape of the 15 has raised hopes that the 156 children also picked by the bandits will soon regain their freedom.

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