Banditry: police rescue 14 kidnapped villagers in Katsina
…..As police engage bandits in gun dual
By our reporter
Fourteen women were rescued after police engaged their abductors in a gun dual, reports say.
The women were abducted from Kwantawama village in Dutsinma LGA last night.
The spokesman of the state police command, SP Gambo Isah confirmed this in a statement on Saturday.
According to him, the bandits numbering over 40 on motorcycles, armed with AK 47 rifles, attacked the village where they kidnapped the women including children and rustled a large number of domestic animals.
He said, the DPO Dutsinma, CSP Muhammad Makama, led “Operation Puff Adder” to the village, chased the hoodlums into the fringes of Rugu forest and engaged them in a gun duel leading to their dislodgement and rescue of all the victims.
He said, one of the bandits identified as Amadu Yusuf, M, aged 30yrs of Tudu village, Kurfi LGA was apprehended just as thirty cows and sixty sheep were recovered.
“One suspected stolen motorcycle was also recovered which was abandoned by the bandits.
“Similarly, bandits attacked Zamfarawa village, Batsari LGA, and rustled animals but Dpo Batsari led Operation Puff Adder, chased and engaged the hoodlums into a gun duel.
The bandits abandoned the animals and escaped into the forest. The team recovered all the rustled twelve cows and handed them over to their owners” he added.