By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Suspected terrorists dressed in Military uniform have reportedly invaded Gabari Community in Samaru, Sabon Gari LGA in Zaria in Kaduna state, police has said.
The terrorists reportedly shot sporadically, and in the process abducted four person away into the forest who were later allegedly rescued by the security operatives.
According to the release, “On the 15th April, 2022 at about 2340hrs the Kaduna Police Command received a distress call from an anonymous caller through DPO Daanmagaji Zaria.
The police release added “That unspecified number of suspected terrorists dressed in military gear have invaded Gabari Community Samaru of Sabon Gari LGA Kaduna, shot berserkly and in the process whisked away four (4) victims into the forest.
“On getting the information, the command immediately mobilised operational assets alongside men of Operation Puff Adder II and local vigilantes; the team courageously laid ambush on the bandits’ expected route. Fortunately, the strategy paid off as fierce encounter with the bandits ensued, which led to the rescue of two of the kidnapped victims at that very moment.
“Upon preliminary investigation, the rescued victims were identified as; Zaituna Muna ‘F’ and Grace Muna ‘F’ both of Gabari village Samaru. Similar strategy was adopted at Gwada village where the bandits were still expected to traverse with the assistance of vigilantes of the said village, the bandits who escaped the first onslaught were again intercepted and the remaining two kidnapped victims were also rescued unhurt namely Fatima Ibrahim f and Amina Adamu.
“Unfortunately, it was discovered that the bandits in the process of abducting the victims, shot and killed one Yarima Mohammed of Kufena village Wusasa who resisted been kidnapped .
“The Commissioner of Police CP Yekini A Ayoku psc(+), mni commended the gallantry and professionalism exhibited by the Officers during the operation which is in tune with his policing philosophy of ‘robust response to distress situation’ and tasked them not to relent in the fight against violent crimes.
“He also urged members of the Public to always avail the Police with prompt information at any time of the day as the Police under his watch must treat every information provided with absolute confidentiality.
The CP also uses the opportunity to condole with the family of the deceased and pray that he finds eternal rest”, it stated.