LAGOS, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- At least 16 kidnapped people have been rescued in two recent rescue operations in Nigeria's northern state of Kaduna, an official said Tuesday.
Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs Samuel Aruwan said in a statement that troops conducted the operations after receiving distress calls reporting armed attacks in the Birnin Gwari and Igabi local government areas of the state.
Aruwan did not give further details such as the dates of the latest operations but said of the 16 people, 15 were rescued from the gunmen who intended to take them away from a road in the Birnin Gwari local government, and one was rescued after the troops ambushed the gunmen who attacked a village in the Igabi local government area.
Three gunmen were killed by troops in the operations, said Aruwan, adding that some of the rescued persons who sustained injuries were rushed to a hospital for treatment.
Armed attacks have been a primary security threat in some regions of Nigeria, leading to deaths and kidnappings in recent months.