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After 26 Days In Captivity, Nigerian Military Rescues Soldier Abducted In NDA Attack

Major Datong who was abducted on Aug. 24 was rescued in an operation that led to the death of an unspecified number of terrorists.

The Nigerian military says it has rescued Major Datong, a soldier abducted by terror gangs in an attack on a Defence Academy in Kaduna, Northwest region of the country, in August.

In a statement by its deputy director of public relations, Colonel Ezindo Indimah  on Friday, Sept. 17, the army said that the soldier was rescued after a gunfire exchange with the terrorists.

The military offensive killed scores of the terrorists, with their base in Afaka-Birnin Gwari totally destroyed, the army spokesman said. 

The operation was made up of the Air task force, Department of State Security, Police officers, and other security agencies.

“The army managed to rescue the officer, although he was wounded but was treated,” the statement said.

On Aug. 24, the terrorists stormed the Nigerian Defence Academy, a military academy in Kaduna, killing two soldiers and abducting Major Datong.

The attack was the first of its kind by the terror gangs who have been terrorising the region, sparking widespread criticism against the Nigerian military for its handling of security situations in the country.


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Aishat Babatunde

Aishat Babatunde heads the digital reporting desk. Before joining HumAngle, she worked at Premium Times and Nigerian Tribune. She is a graduate of English from the University of Ibadan.

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