Nigerian troops have rescued nine people who were being held hostage by bandits in north Nigeria's Kaduna state, an official said Monday.
The rescue mission was carried out by Nigerian troops during a raid on a bandit camp in the Chikun area of the state on Monday, said Samuel Aruwan, the commissioner for internal security and home affairs in the state, in a brief statement.
Aruwan said all the rescued were safe and would be examined further before being reunited with their families.
"The bandits left their camp and ran into the forest after a fire exchange with the troops," he said.
There have been a number of gunmen attacks in Nigeria in recent months, resulting in deaths and kidnappings.