Troops Rescue Victims and Recover Bodies in Taraba State Operation

Troops from the 6 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, working alongside Sector 3 of Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS), successfully raided a kidnappers’ den in the Southern region of Taraba State. This operation resulted in the rescue of three kidnapped individuals and the retrieval of approximately eight deceased bodies. The Army Headquarters released a statement via its verified X handle on Thursday, highlighting the decisive action taken by the military forces.

The coordinated effort also led to the recovery of four motorcycles, essential for the kidnappers’ operations. The military’s intervention followed a distressing incident involving an attack on an 18-seater bus at Gamkwe Village along Maraban-Baisa road in Donga Local Government Area. This attack resulted in the disappearance of 15 passengers, including an infant.

The incident prompted the military to clear the roadblock and conduct thorough searches in surrounding villages such as Gankwe, Aakar, Gidan Adamu, and Magudu. These efforts culminated in the discovery of eight bodies, including that of the missing baby.

Additionally, upon receiving intelligence regarding armed militias surrounding Sanso village in Donga Local Government Area, troops swiftly mobilized to the location. It was revealed that the militias had arrived from Anu village using a wooden canoe via the River Donga before carrying out their attack. The militias looted valuable items, including motorcycles, and kidnapped several villagers.

In response, the troops engaged in a pursuit operation, resulting in the successful rescue of three female kidnap victims and the recovery of four motorcycles, along with substantial quantities of grains. The military forces also took measures to disrupt the activities of the armed militias in the area.