One of the abducted female students of the Federal Government College, Yawuri, Kebbi State has died during the rescue operation conducted by Nigerian Army troops operating under the auspices of Operation Hadarin Daji.
However, two teachers and five students are rescued after a fierce exchange of fire with the criminals.
This is according to a statement signed by Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the Director Army Public Relations.
He said the rescue followed an initial encounter with the abductors in the early hours of Friday 18 June 2021 after trailing the kidnappers from Yawuri through Riyao to Sombo community, where the kidnappers who had split into two groups fled, with one group conveying the abducted children, while the second group conveyed rustled cattle.
He stated that the land troops in conjunction with elements of the Nigerian Air Force, who provided close air support during the rescue mission intercepted the two groups at about 2.30 a.m and engaged them in a fire fight leading to the successful rescue of the teachers and students.
The troops also recovered 800 cattle rustled by the bandits.
He said the troops are still on the heels of the kidnappers in order to rescue the remaining abductees still in captivity.
The statement said the rescued teachers and students will be handed over to the Kebbi State Government.