24 victims abducted by bandits have been rescued by Police Command in Zamfara state, police statement said.
It was gathered that the victims were abducted at Gurgurawa community in Bungudu Local Government Area of the state.
The development was disclosed in a statement released by the spokesman of the Command, Muhammad Shehu
Mr Shehu said the victims including a seven-month-old baby were rescued after a fierce gun battle between the security operatives and the bandits.
“On 18th February, 2022 at about 2300hrs, police tactical operatives attached to 42 PMF Squadron Gusau, on Anti–Banditry Operations in the area received a distress call that armed bandits in large numbers invaded the village and abducted some members of the community.
“Receiving the information, the tactical operatives in collaboration with the vigilante in the area, swung into action and mobilised to the location for an extensive search and rescue operation.
“On sighting the operatives, the hoodlums engaged them to a serious gun battle that lasted for an hour.”
Mr Shehu said the bandits abandoned the victims at the scene as a result of the superior firepower of the security operatives.
He said that 10 of the 24 victims had been reunited with their families in the village and 13 others were in police custody before they would be handed over to their families.