Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji, in collaboration with the police and vigilance group deployed in Dandume Local Government Area of Katsina State on Sunday foiled a kidnap attempt.
Coordinator of Defence Media Operations Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, a in a statement on Sunday, reads: “Troops received a distress call about 11:30pm on December 19 from locals at Mahuta village, that suspected bandits were moving with some Islamiya pupils, mostly girls, and rustled cattle.
“The children were returning from a Maulud programme at Unguwar Al-Kasim village.
“Troops quickly mobilised to the scene, laid ambush and blocked the bandits’ route on Daudawa-Kadisau road Sheme Mairuwa and Unguwar Audu village.
“Troops thereafter established contact with bandits and engaged them. The bandits were forced to abandon the children and the rustled cattle and fled into the forest.
“Troops thereafter searched the general area and rescued the girls and eight cattle. The victims have been reunited with their families while the recovered cattle handed to the owners.”