Troops engage terrorists in gun battle, rescue passengers in Delta

Troops engage terrorists in gun battle, rescue passengers in Delta

The Nigerian Army has said its troops have successfully thwarted a kidnap attempt by suspected terrorists on the 46 KM Ughelli-Patani Road in Delta State.

According to a post on its official X handle, the operation which took place on Sunday, led to a gun battle between soldiers and the criminal elements.

The post said that the troops’ swift response to a distress call resulted in the rescue of some passengers who had been kidnapped while traveling in a commercial bus.

It said the troops upon receiving the distress call, rapidly mobilised and confronted the terrorists, who were armed with assorted weapons.

According to the post, a fierce firefight ensued, compelling the terrorists to abandon their captives and flee the scene.

“The rescued passengers have been taken into safe custody, where they are receiving necessary care and support.

“Meanwhile, the troops are currently pursuing the fleeing terrorists,” it said.

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