Troops of the Nigerian Army, on Tuesday, foiled an attempt by terrorists to kidnap some Christians returning from a church programme in Taraba State.

Acting on intelligence, the troops hid themselves and waited for the terrorists to target their victims before moving in.

This resulted in a fierce gun battle between the troops and the terrorists.

According to a post on X by the Nigerian Army, the troops overpowered the terrorists and killed no fewer than four.
Sophisticated weapons were also recovered from the terrorists.

The post read, “In a significant operation aimed at maintaining peace and security in Taraba State, troops of 6 Brigade Nigerian Army have neutralised five violent extremists, foiled kidnapping attempts, and recovered a substantial cache of arms and ammunition.

“The troops, while acting on actionable intelligence on the plan of the extremists to kidnap some church members returning from a church programme in Wukari along Tor – Tse and Takum Road, acted decisively.

“Troops of 93 Battalion deployed in Wukari swiftly swung into action and tactically lay in wait for the violent extremists and the Insurgents In the early hours of April 2, 2024.

“The troops made contact with the extremists and engaged them in a fierce gun battle leading to the neutralisation of four extremists and recovery of two AK-47 rifles, one pump action rifle and twp AK-47 magazine.”

The PUNCH reports that troops across the country rescued no fewer than 4,488 hostages between January and December 2023.