Kaduna State troops have rescued nine kidnapped victims along Kaduna-Abuja Road, the State Government revealed.
The rescue was made when the troops was carrying out internal security operations on Sunday.
Though nine persons were rescued, the driver of an 18-seater bus with number plate Kaduna, MKA-151, and a passenger lost their lives when the abductors opened fire on the vehicle.
During the operational feedback from the Defence Headquarters’ Operation Thunder Strike, the State Commissioner, Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, in a statement partly said, “Troops of the Operation Thunder Strike on a routine patrol along Akilubu-Gidan Busa axis on the Kaduna-Abuja road, received a distress call at around 4PM, of bandits blocking the main highway.
“The armed bandits opened fire on a bus, forcing the driver to halt.
“On getting to the location, the armed bandits had already kidnapped nine persons from an 18-seater bus with registration No. Kaduna: MKA-151.
“The troops immediately mobilised and engaged the bandits in a firefight and in the process rescued nine persons kidnapped who later rejoined their colleagues after their rescue and a headcount.
“Regrettably, the driver and a passenger seated close to him lost their lives.”