LAGOS, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) — Nigerian troops thwarted an attempted kidnap by gunmen and rescued 15 persons in northwest Nigeria’s Kaduna state on Sunday, according to an official on Monday.
Samuel Aruwan, commissioner for internal security and home affairs in the state, said in a statement a group of gunmen attacked on Sunday two vehicles in Jagindi village of Jema’a local government area of the state, in an attempt to kidnap 15 passengers on board.
After receiving a distress call, troops of the Operation Safe Haven mobilized swiftly to the location. “They repelled the bandits, enabling the rescue of the abducted persons,” Aruwan said.
Nigeria has witnessed a series of attacks by armed groups in recent months, leading to deaths and kidnappings.