The Special Forces of the Nigerian Air Force on Saturday rescued seven Chinese citizens from terrorists operating in the Kaduna forests.
The Special Forces (SF) under the 271 Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Detachment, Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State, carried out the rescue operation in the early hours of Saturday leading to the rescue of the Chinese expatriates.
The rescued victims are believed to have been kidnapped in June 2022 by the terrorists while working on a mining site in Ajata-Aboki, Gurmana Ward of Shiroro Local Government in Niger State, Edward Gabkwet, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, said in a statement.
Part of the statement read: “The Combat Search and Rescue operation, which consisted of 35 Special Forces was conducted in the cover of night at Kanfani Doka and Gwaska general Areas leading to the terrorists abandoning their enclaves, weapons and kidnapped Chinese victims while fleeing for their lives due to the superior fire power of the special forces.
“After the successful operations, the 7 Chinese victims were flown to the 271 NAF Detachment Medical Centre for evaluation were 2 of the victims were stabilized.
“Subsequently, the 7 victims were flown to the NAF Base Medical Hospital, Kaduna for further medical investigations.
“The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao has since congratulated the Commander of the 271 NAF Detachment, Birnin Gwari and his men for their continued determination and commitment, even in the face of danger, as they make inroad into the final fringes of terrorists’ enclaves in Kaduna State and the Northwest in general.”