Abducted victims Rescued by Nigerian forces

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TOPSHOT - A member of the Nigerian Armed Forces Sniper Unit wearing a ghillie suit takes part in an exercise during the African Land Forces Summit (ALFS) military demonstration held at General Ao Azazi barracks in Gwagwalada on April 17, 2018. - The African Land Forces Summit (ALFS) is a weeklong seminar held in Nigeria, bringing together land forces from across Africa to discuss and develop cooperative solutions and improve transregional security and stability. (Photo by STEFAN HEUNIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read STEFAN HEUNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A member of the Nigerian Armed Forces Sniper Unit wearing a ghillie suit takes part in an exercise during the African Land Forces Summit (ALFS) military demonstration held at General Ao Azazi barracks in Gwagwalada on April 17, 2018. - The African Land Forces Summit (ALFS) is a weeklong seminar held in Nigeria, bringing together land forces from across Africa to discuss and develop cooperative solutions and improve transregional security and stability. (Photo by STEFAN HEUNIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read STEFAN HEUNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

In the latest anti-terror operation in the country’s central Benue state, Nigeria’s joint security forces rescued at least nine people recently taken hostage by suspected gunmen, the military said Thursday.

While briefing reporters about the development in Makurdi, the capital, Sunday Igbinomwanhia, commander of the troops in Benue, said at least two suspected gunmen were arrested during a gunfight with the gunmen amid the rescue operation in a forest in the Ogbadibo area of the state on Tuesday.

The victims, consisting of eight females and one male, were abducted while transiting in a commercial bus along the Otukpo-Enugu road in Benue on Jan. 11.

“During the gunfight, the kidnappers fled their hideout due to the security forces’ superior firepower, abandoning their victims in the process,” Igbinomwanhia said, adding arms and ammunition belonging to the gunmen were also recovered.

The victims were debriefed after receiving medical attention and allowed to reunite with their families, he added.

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