The Kano State Police Command said it arrested eleven suspected kidnappers in the notorious Falgore forest in Doguwa local government area of the state.
The state Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Yusuf, made the disclosure on Tuesday in Kano while briefing journalists.
He said the police anti-kidnap squad successfully rescued 10 victims from the suspected kidnappers in the forest.
He added that the kidnappers were arrested on Tuesday, October 11, following intelligence report.
“The anti-kidnapping squad on receipt of intelligence report, launched a major offensive into the notorious criminal camp inside Falgore forest,” he said.
Yusuf said that during the operation which lasted for one hour, the police and the kidnappers exchanged fierce gun duel which resulted in the arrest of the suspects and rescue of the 10 kidnapped victims.
According to the police commissioner, some of the suspected kidnappers escaped into the thick forest with bullet wounds.
The police boss said that during mop-up operations, two victims, Bello Saleh and Mohammmed Sani of Rafin Kura Village, who were abducted on the same day, were rescued from the forest.
Mr. Yusuf listed items recovered from the forest to include one AK- 47 rifle, two fully loaded magazines, 250 rounds of live 7.62 mm ammunition, eight Bajaj Boxer motorcycles, masks and other personal belongings.
He said that all the rescued victims had undergone post trauma counselling and medical examination and would be formally handed over to their respective families.
The police chief promised that the squad would to carry out similar operations in the area until all criminals in the forest were completely fished out and brought to book.