The Nigerian Army says it has rescued 13 farmers who were abducted while working on their farms in the early hours of Monday, July 8.
The farmers were rescued after troops of the Nigerian army received distress calls from good Samaritans regarding their abduction.
According to reports, the farmers were kidnapped while working on the outskirts of Kuyelo community, in Birnin Gwari Local Area of Kaduna State.
Following the tip-off, a patrol team from 1 Division Nigerian Army stationed at Super Camp Kuyello, on Exercise HARBIN KUNAMA 111, swiftly pursued the kidnappers.
The team caught up with the miscreants and rescued all the 13 kidnapped farmers after a serious exchange of fire with the criminals.
During the encounter, one of the bandits was killed, while others escaped with gunshot wounds.
The army statement further reveals that soldiers are currently combing the general area which borders Katsina, Zamfara and Kaduna States.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division Major General Faruk Yahaya, has enjoined troops to always be proactive and decisive in dealing with criminals and associated insecurity in their respective areas of responsibilities.
He reiterated the resolve and determination of the Division and indeed the Nigerian Army to combating insurgency, banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping and other emerging security threats in Nigeria.