Nigerian Military Attacks Terror Group Position In Northwest Nigeria

The Kaduna state security commissioner says the advancing forces encounter stiff resistance after crossing a local river.

Nigerian soldiers with Air support have recovered several weapons and motorcycles during an offensive operation against a terror group enclave in the northwestern state of Kaduna, a state security official said on Saturday.  

According to Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs in Kaduna, the military targeted the group’s position in the Galbi area of Chikun Local Government Area.

“During their advance, the security forces crossed River Kaduna and ran into stiff resistance from the insurgents”. He added that after a fierce firefight, a number of terrorists were killed. 

The soldiers also recovered two machine guns, three AK pattern rifles and seven motorcycles. 

Kaduna is one of the states in the northwest country plagued by multidimensional violence and widespread kidnapping for ransom. 

In March, passengers onboard a train moving between Abuja, Nigeria’s capital and the state, were abducted.  Some of the victims have been released reportedly in exchange for ransom, while others remain in captivity. 

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