Operatives of Katsina State Police Command early Friday morning engaged terrorists in a gun duel and rescued a 65-year-old man, Hashim Yusuf, earlier kidnapped by terrorists at Hayin Gada in Malumfashi Local Government Area of the state.
The operatives also recovered 94 cows, 17 sheep, and two motorcycles from the terrorists.
The spokesman for the command, ASP Abubakar Aliyu, confirmed the development on Saturday.
He explained that the operatives were informed of the movement at about 2:30 a.m on Friday, consequent upon which they mobilised to tackle the terrorists.
Aliyu said the confrontation led to “a daring gun battle” with the terrorists during which the victim was rescued and the items recovered.
He explained: “On August 25, 2023, at approximately 2.30 a.m, a distress call was received at the Kankara divisional police headquarters regarding the movement of suspected bandits from Hayin Gada, Malumfashi Local Government Area, where they kidnapped one Hashim Yusuf, 65, towards Ruwan Lafiya village, via Kankara Sheme road, Kankara LGA.
“Responding swiftly to the scene, officers found themselves confronted by a group of armed bandits, heavily armed with dangerous weapons such as an AK-47 rifle, attempting to flee the area with their victim.
“A daring gun duel ensued as the police worked tirelessly to neutralise the threat and secure the safety of the innocent hostage. The officers exhibited exemplary courage and professional skills as they overwhelmingly outmatched the bandits, and rescued the victim unharmed.
He added that 94 cows, 17 sheep, and two motorcycles were recovered from the bandits.
“Operatives are combing the nearby bushes for possible bodies of neutralised bandits as they flee the scene with bullet wounds,” he noted.
The command’s spokesman added that the Commissioner of Police, Aliyu Musa, commended the officers’ efforts as well as their commitment, and dedication to duty.
The CP called on residents of the state to remain vigilant and “report to the nearest police divisional headquarters anyone seen with a bullet wound for further necessary action.”