Nigerian Army reveals why they didn’t kill bandits that abducted Kankara school boys

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The Nigerian Military has made more revelations about the rescue operation of the 344 boys kidnapped from their school in Kankara, Katsina State, on December 11.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, and a former Director, Military Intelligence, Maj.Gen. Ahmed Jibrin (retd,), gave the accounts on Saturday, when they appeared on a special edition of the NTA’s programme, “Good Morning Nigeria.”

They disclosed that while kinetic and non-kinetic approaches were used to ensure that all the boys were rescued unhurt, there was resistance from the abductors who laid an ambush for the troops.

Enenche noted the rescue mission was a delicate operation, because if it was not carried out very professionally, the tide could turn negatively.

“This is an operation where you do not rely on your capacity on platforms and mechanical weapons but your ability to effectively carry out the mission with unarmed combat.

“This means you have to silence your enemies and take your objective away without firing a shot.

“It is very delicate in the sense that if you do not manage the operation well, the children who are in-between you and the enemies will now become the victims.

“When they become the victims, the people outside there will attribute it to failure on the part of your security forces,” he said.



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