15 kidnapped victims rescued in northern Nigeria

An aerial photo shows destroyed and burned houses after a recent Fulani attack in the Adara farming village of Angwan Aku in Kaduna state, Nigeria on April 14, 2019. The ongoing dispute between Muslim shepherds and Christian farmers that killed nearly 2,000 people in 2018 Displaced hundreds of thousands by others is a point of contention for Nigeria and some other countries in West Africa. (Photo by Florian PLAUCHEUR / AFP) (Photo credit should be FLORIAN PLAUCHEUR / AFP via Getty Images)
File photo: At least 15 people kidnapped by armed men in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna have regained their freedom. (Photo by Florian PLAUCHEUR / AFP)

At least 15 people kidnapped by gunmen in the northern state of Kaduna, Nigeria, have been freed, according to an official.

The kidnapped victims were rescued Thursday by police officers in various locations in the Chikun local government area, Samuel Aruwan, a homeland security commissioner for the state, said in a statement that arrived in Xinhua on Saturday.

Aruwan said three women among the rescued victims had spent four months in the “kidnapper’s cave” after their abduction on November 18, 2020.

“Following a lead on Thursday that revealed the hostages had been sighted, police officers mobilized the area and hired the bandits to force them to leave their prisoners,” he said.

In another operation, the inspector said police rescued 12 victims kidnapped by armed men along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari highway following a recent attack.

According to him, police officers on a routine patrol found the 12 victims in a Buruku forest and eventually rescued them while the armed men fled.

Aruwan said the troops were still pursuing other armed men fleeing into what is believed to be their enclave.

There have been a number of attacks by armed groups in the northern region of Nigeria in recent months.

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