The Nigerian Army says scores of bandits were killed in the operations leading to Friday’s rescue of kidnapped Major CL Datong of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna State.
Major Datong was abducted on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, when gunmen suspected to be bandits stormed the military training school.
Two of his colleagues were unlike as they were shot dead in the attack.
The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Colonel Ezindu Idimah, who confirmed that Major Datong has regained his freedom said the operations leading to his rescue led to the destruction of several identified bandits’ camps in Afaka- Birnin Gwari areas of the state.
He explained that the coordinated rescue mission by the Division, Air Task Force, Department of State Services and other security agencies, was sequel to the directive by the Chief of Army Staff.
“The troops arrived at a camp suspected to be the location where Maj CL Datong was being held. At the camp, the troops exchanged fire with the bandits and overwhelmed them with superior fire.
“In the process, the gallant troops were able to rescue the abducted officer.
However, the officer sustained a minor injury but has been treated in a medical facility and handed over to NDA for further action,” said Idimah.