70-year-old man, 7 others rescued in Katsina after gun-duel with bandits

Mobile Policemen in action

By Abbas Bamalli

The police in Katsina State have rescued eight persons, including a 70-year-old man after they were abducted by bandits at at Kabobi village in Batsari Local Government Area.

The Katsina Police Command said the eight persons were rescued after a gun-duel with the bandits on Friday.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, SP Gambo Isah, revealed this in a statement issued on Friday in Katsina.

He said: “On Friday, July 23, 2021, at about 14:30hrs, bandits in their numbers, on motorbikes, armed with AK 47 rifles, blocked Jibia-Batsari road, exactly at Kabobi village, Batsari LGA.

“The hoodlums attacked and kidnapped all the occupants of a motor vehicle, Volkswagen Passat Wagon, and whisked them away into the forest.

“On receipt of the report, DPO Batsari led teams of Operation Puff Adder and ‘Sharan Daji’ to the area and engaged them into a gun duel and successfully rescued eight of the victims.

“Those rescued include a 70-year-old man, 13-year-old girl, three 12 year old girls, all from Garin Inu village, Batsari LGA of Katsina state.

“Another 20-year-old girl, and her two children, all from Turaku Quarters in Batsari LGA of Katsina state.”

He explained that search parties were still combing the area with a view of arresting the fleeing bandits and to rescue the remaining three missing persons as investigation is ongoing.