Tue, 06 Dec 2022

LAGOS, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Nigerian police said on Monday that security forces have recently rescued 76 travelers after they were abducted by unidentified gunmen from their truck on a road in the restive northern state of Kaduna.

Mohammed Jalige, a police spokesperson in Kaduna State, said in a statement that the police received a report on Friday night, saying many gunmen wielding sophisticated weapons blocked a road with roadblocks in the Giwa local government area of the state to abduct innocent commuters.

"A combined team of police and military was immediately mobilized to the location," Jalige said, adding that on reaching the location, security operatives found a truck with no one on board, and "information garnered indicated that the gunmen had moved a large number of passengers on the truck off the road."

Security forces immediately launched a search and rescue operation into the adjoining forest, and encountered the gunmen during the process, Jalige said.

"Due to the sheer force of firepower and pressure mounted on them by security operatives, they were forced to abandon their nefarious mission and flee with injuries," he said, adding that 76 people held by the gunmen were rescued and a preliminary investigation revealed that they were passengers on the truck.

Jalige said operatives are still operating within the general area in search of the truck driver and two other passengers who are yet to be accounted for.

Armed attacks have been a primary security threat in parts of Nigeria, resulting in deaths and kidnappings.

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