80 Katsina Students Abducted Saturday Rescued, Says Police
Eighty students of Hizburrahim Islamiyya, Mahuta village, Dandume local government area of Katsina State, who were abducted by bandits Saturday evening have been rescued, the police in the state have said Sunday morning.
Spokesman to the Katsina State Police Command, Gambo Isah, said in a statement Sunday morning, that four other persons, suspected to have been kidnapped, were also rescued from the kidnappers, adding that 12 cows, suspected to have been rustled, were equally recovered during the operation.
The statement read in part: “At about 2200hrs, a distress call was received by he DPO Dandume, that some Islamiyya Students of Hizburrahim Islamiyya, Mahuta village, Dandume LGA of Katsina State, numbering about 80, while on their way back from a Maulud occasion celebrated at Unguwan Alkasim village, Dandume to Mahuta village, were accosted by bandits who had already kidnapped four persons and rustled 12 cows from Danbaure village, Funtua LGA.
“On receipt of the report, the DPO, Sharan Daji, led an ‘Operation Puff Adder’ team, supported by a vigilante group, to the area and engaged the bandits in a fierce gun duel.
“Subsquently, the team succeeded in dislodging the bandits and rescued all the 84 kidnapped victims and recovered 12 rustled cows.
“Search parties are still combing the area with a view to arresting the injured bandits and/or recovery of their dead bodies. Investigation is on going,” the statement said.
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