Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji have rescued three kidnapped victims in Isa Local Government Area of Sokoto State and two others at Yayi village in Sabon Birni Local Government Area.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, in a statement on Sunday said that the operation was in line with the mandate given to the troops to decisively stamp banditry out of the North-West zone of the country.
Enenche said that the troops had, on July 11, encountered the bandits, who had rustled an unconfirmed number of cows at Daki Takwas and Tashar Kuturu in Anka and Talata Mafara local government areas of Zamfara.
He revealed that a total of 302 rustled cows and 412 sheep were recovered from the bandits, with one empty magazine and five mobile phones, adding that the rustled animals had been handed over to the owners.
The coordinator said that the victims, upon interrogation, stated that they were kidnapped on June 1.
He added that all the victims had been handed over to the state government.