By Augustine Osayande PhD
Troops of Operation THUNDER STRIKE under the auspices of the ongoing Operation ACCORD on Thursday foiled an attempted kidnap of passengers along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway by bandits on.
Confirming the report, Coordinator Defence Media Operations Defence Headquarters Major General John Enenche said following actionable Human Intelligence on the activities of bandits between Olams and Alheri camp along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway, troops promptly deployed to the scene and engaged the bandits with effective firepower.
Enenche said the troops overwhelmed the criminals with high-intensity fire, forcing them to abandon their heinous mission and fled into the forest in disarray.
He said as troops engaged the bandits, passengers in the targeted vehicle, a Toyota Hiace Bus with registration number Lagos MUS-944FR travelling from Abuja to Kaduna, managed to escape in various directions into the surrounding bushes.
Enenche said the gallant troops, adopting an aggressive posture, pursued the bandits deep into the forest and inflicted fatal injuries on them while also exhibiting the requisite composure in recovering all the passengers who escaped into the bush during the encounter.
The Coordinator Defence Media Operations said the troops are currently exploiting the general area of the incident, in search of the fleeing bandits with express orders to bring them into custody while aggressive patrols are underway along the axis. He said all passengers in the targeted vehicle have been accounted for.
Enenche said the Military High Command commends troops of Operation THUNDER STRIKE for their vigilance and professionalism exhibited during this operation.
He said the troops are further encouraged to remain resolute in curtailing the activities of armed bandits along the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway and reassured the general public of their safety while travelling along the Abuja-Kaduna corridor and indeed along all other highways across the country.