How we rescue of Kaduna school children in Zamfara – Defence Headquarters

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Nigerian Defence Headquarters has confirmed that 137 of the kidnapped Kaduna school children, comprising 76 females and 61 males, were successfully rescued.

The Defence headquarters in a statement by the Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba, said the students were rescued in Zamfara state and will be transported and handed over to the Kaduna state government for further action.

He said: “The hostages are same persons that were abducted from the school at Kuriga in Chikun LGA of Kaduna State”

“The military, in collaboration with local authorities and government agencies nationwide, conducted a coordinated search and rescue operation to secure the hostages.”

According to the statement, “It would be recalled that on 7 March 2024, troops received information that terrorists had invaded LEA School Kuriga in Chikun LG of Kaduna State. During the incident unconfirmed number of pupils were abducted.

“Following the incident, the military committed to leaving no stone unturned until all the hostages were rescued.

“Accordingly, in the early hours of 24 March 2024, the military working with local authorities and government agencies across the country, in a coordinated search and rescue operation rescued the hostages. The hostages are same persons that were abducted from the school at Kuriga in Chikun LGA of Kaduna State.

“The rescued hostages totalling 137 comprise of 76 females and 61 male. They were rescued in Zamfara State and would be conveyed and handed over to the Kaduna State Government for further action.

“Relatedly, it would be recalled that on 21 Mar 24, troops equally rescued 16 pupils (Almajiris) with a woman taken hostage in Gada LGA of Sokoto State. These hostages were handed over to the Sokoto State Government.

“These efforts demonstrate the armed forces resolve to finding other innocent hostages and track down the terrorists that perpetrated these crimes.

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