Troops of Operation Sahel Sanity have rescued 14 victims including two women abducted by bandits in the Faskari and Mararaban Kawaye areas of Katsina State, after a hot chase and gun battle with the criminals.
The operatives also rescued 14 bus passengers kidnapped by bandits along Dutsinma-Yantumaki road on September 9.
The victims, who were travelling along the route in a commercial vehicle ran into the bandits who diverted their vehicle in an attempt to take them hostage.
However, following prompt information by an eyewitness, the troops quickly mobilized and pursued the bandits forcing them to abandon the vehicle with the 14 passengers who were safely rescued.
The personnel also recovered 40 cattle rustled at Kwanar Maje area which have been reportedly restored to their owners.
According to a statement on Monday by the acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig. Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, troops deployed in Daki Takwas intercepted and arrested 17 armed Yansakai members on seven motorcycles at Danmarke village in Bukkuyum LGA of Zamfara State, on September 8.