Nigerian Army rescues 5000 Boko Haram hostages

Nigerian Army rescues 5000 Boko Haram hostages

Sunday, June 26, 2016 12:46 pm


Some of the 5000 rescued hostages

Some of the 5000 rescued hostages

Nigerian Army said on Sunday that in one of the operations carried out to clear Boko Haram terrorists in communities in Borno State, troops of 21 Brigade and Civilian JTF conducted a fighting patrol to Zangebe, Maiwa, Algaiti and Mainari villages on Saturday during which they liberated over 5,000 persons held hostages by Boko Haram terrorists and recovered five5 motorcycles and similar number of bicycles.

Colonel Sani Usman, Acting Director of Army Public Relations who said this in a statement  in which he gave update on the military operations against Boko Haram terrorists in North east Nigeria code named Operations Lafiya Dole added that the troops also killed six Boko Haram terrorists and wounded several others.

In another operation, Colonel Usman said troops of 7 Division Garrison Rapid Deployment Force (RDF) II, in conjunction with some of elements of Mobile Police Force and Civilian JTF also on Saturday conducted Boko Haram terrorists clearance operations at Masu Yiwa, Ladin Buta, Bazaka, Kesa Gala, Tabla, Fahinde, Shirori, Gizina, Maska Aribe, Maska and Maska Lawanti villages, all in Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State.

Some of the 5000 rescued hostages

Some of the 5000 rescued hostages

According to him, during the clearance operations, the troops encountered Boko Haram terrorists at Maska Lawanti in which they killed 2 terrorists and recovered 2 motorcycles.

He however added that a member of Civilian JTF was killed during the operation while a soldier and one police officer was also wounded in action.

“The remains of the heroic Civilian JTF and the wounded soldier and his police counterpart have since been evacuated to Maiduguri. While we commiserate with the families of the departed Civilian JTF, we wish to state that the wounded are in stable condition and responding to treatment.

“In a related development, troops of 192 Battalion, 26 Task Force Brigade and some vigilantes also embarked on fighting patrol along Kusarha-Zalidava general area today.

“The patrol team encountered some elements of Boko Haram around Zalidava-Weige villages in which they killed 2 Boko Haram terrorists and recovered 1 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) with registration number FN 132125, a belt of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition containing 42 rounds. Sadly, one of the vigilantes sustained an injury on his eye,” Usman added.

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