Following the Monday attack on the Kaduna-Abuja train, a combined team of soldiers, operatives of the Department of State Services and the police have been deployed in Kaduna to locate and possibly rescue passengers abducted by terrorists.
It was learnt that the Federal Government had given the Nigerian Air Force express approval to deploy the Super Tucano aircraft in the North-West though with conditions that collateral damage be minimised.
It was also gathered that the special team was given express orders to locate the abductors’ camp and do “everything operationally possible” to rescue the hostages with minimal losses.
No fewer than eight persons were killed during Monday’s attack, while an unknown number of victims were abducted by the attackers, who forced the train to derail after blowing off the rail tracks.
The Super Tucano aircraft, which was being used against Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West Africa Province fighters in the North-East, would soon be deployed against the terrorists in Kaduna and surrounding states, it was gathered.
A security source said the military had decided to use the Tucano fighter jets against the terrorists hibernating in Kaduna forests, according to The Punch.
“The decision to redeploy the Super Tucano jets to Kaduna has been taken, but the decision may not be implemented immediately because of the individuals abducted from the Kaduna-Abuja train on Monday evening. Using the aircraft against the terrorists in Kaduna might endanger the kidnapped victims and the military will always want to minimise the collateral damage as much as possible,” a source explained.
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