Nigerian troops killed 3 gunmen in a search operation

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Nigerian troops recently killed at least three gunmen during a clearance operation in the country’s northern state of Kaduna, an official said on Monday.

Musa Yahaya, a spokesman for the army in Kaduna, said in a statement that the troops on Sunday engaged the gunmen in a gunfight around a forest in the Kajuru local government area of the state, noting that several of them sustained gunshot wounds.

Citing credible military intelligence, Yahaya said the troops swooped on the criminals while regrouping around the forest. One of the gunmen was shot dead during the encounter, while two others died of gunshot wounds.

Many weapons and ammunition belonging to the gunmen were also recovered during the clearance operation, he said.

In a similar development, local police in the northern state of Katsina on Sunday foiled a suspected kidnap attempt in the Jibia local government area, rescuing at least three people.

Aliyu Abubakar-Sadiq, the state police spokesman, told reporters in Katsina on Monday that the security agency responded quickly to a distress call about the gunmen’s attack on a village late Saturday.

Abubakar-Sadiq said the police team combed the surrounding bushes and succeeded on Sunday in rescuing the victims unhurt during a gunfight with the criminals.

Efforts are underway to arrest the fleeing suspects, he added.

Armed attacks have been a primary security threat in Nigeria’s northern and central regions, leading to deaths and kidnappings in recent months.

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