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Police rescues 14 hostages after 68 days in Zamfara



Police operatives in Zamfara have rescued 14 kidnapped victims during a raid on kidnappers’ hideout in the state.

The spokesman for the state police command, Muhammad Shehu, who confirmed the development in a statement on Saturday in Gusau, said the victims were abducted on January 1.

He added that hostages were rescued in a joint operation with members of a vigilante group in the state on Friday.

Shehu said: “On 10th March 2023, police tactical operatives in conjunction with the vigilante group, while on a Mop Up Operation near Munhaye forest, successfully dislodged some bandits’ camp belonging to one recalcitrant bandit Kingpin popularly known as Dogo Sule.

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“As a result of the operation, 14 hostages, made up of two male adults, seven females, and five children below two years old were rescued.

“The victims informed the police detectives that, on 1st January 2023, at about 2300hrs, a large number of suspected bandits armed with sophisticated weapons stormed Anguwar Mangoro and Gidan Maidawa villages in Gusau Local Government Area and abducted the victims to their camp where they spent 68 days in captivity.

“The victims who were in sympathetic condition have been taken to the Police clinic in Gusau for medical treatment and thereafter reunited with their families.”

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