Army Kills Top Boko Haram Commanders, Releases Shocking Pictures Of Hostages

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Cleared Boko Haram from Sambisa forest
Cleared Boko Haram from Sambisa forest

Ibrahim Imam, Kaduna.

The Nigerian Army said it has killed several top field commanders of the Boko Haram terrorists, just as it released pictures of some freed hostages in the notorious Sambisa forest stronghold of the Islamist insurgents.

The pictures revealed malnourished women and children whose identity could not be immediately verify.

“The troops have rescued additional women and children. They have been evacuated to a safety zone for further processing, the Army said in a statement.

The statement issued by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, Thursday, said one soldier died and four others were injured as Boko Haram terrorists battled in vain to retain nine major camps in Sambisa forest.

“During the encounter unfortunately we lost a soldier, while 4 others were wounded in action. The troops have also killed several Boko Haram field commanders and foot soldiers and destroyed 2 Armoured Personnel Carriers, 2 Buffalo vehicles mounted with Anti-Aircraft Guns, a truck and several Hilux vehicles.

Details of the statement reads: “I wish to inform you that today (Wednesday) evening, troops of 7 Division Nigerian Army also cleared several terrorists strong points and training camps within Sambisa forest, Borno State, Nigeria.

“The troops have also rescued additional women and children. They have been evacuated to a safety zone for further processing.

“During the encounter unfortunately we lost a soldier, while 4 others were wounded in action. The troops have also killed several Boko Haram field commanders and foot soldiers and destroyed 2 Armoured Personnel Carriers, 2 Buffalo vehicles mounted with Anti-Aircraft Guns, a truck and several Hilux vehicles.

“The gallant soldiers also recovered 1 Anti-Aircraft Gun, 1 General Purpose Machine Gun, 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade and several AK-47 rifles. Sadly, 1 woman died and 8 other women sustained gun shot wounds.

“So far, the troops have destroyed 9 terrorist camps in the forest. This is in addition to the 4 destroyed yesterday. The destroyed camps includes Wulari Bukar, Gangala, Anguwar Bakwai and Jigide. Others include Kotorima, Lagara Bello and Lagara Fulani among others.

“I am glad to say that troops’ morale is very high as they are poised to accomplish the task of destroying all terrorists camps and rescuing all those held hostage by the terrorists”.
Meanwhile, the Director Defence Information, Chris Olukolade, a Major General, will today provide updates on the ongoing counter-terrorism campaign in North-Eastern Nigeria.