Nigerian troops kill armed group leader, rescue 32 kidnapees

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Nigerian troops are already fighting the Boko Haram jihadist insurgency in the northeastern part of the country and were deployed last year to the southern Niger Delta region, and the southeast, to ward off oil vandalism and decrease the influence of secessionists. Image courtesy: Nigerian Army
Nigerian troops are fighting jihadist insurgency in the northeastern part of Nigeria. Image courtesy: Nigerian Army

The Nigerian military on Friday confirmed a leader of an armed group had been killed and 32 kidnapped victims rescued in a raid in central Nigeria.

The operation on Monday was launched at Tomayin village, a “notorious hideout for criminal elements” in the north-central state of Benue, military spokesman John Enenche said in a statement made available to Xinhua.

Zwa Ikyegh, a leader of a gunmen group in Benue, was killed in hot chase by troops, and other gunmen escaped with gunshot wounds, said Enenche.

The encounter led to the rescue of 32 kidnapees who had since been reunited with their families and some of whom had been in captivity for over one month, according to the spokesman.

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