By Ibrahim Imam – The Nigeria Army has rescued 195 persons held captive by the Boko Haram insurgents, Army spokesman, Sani Usman, has said.
The troop comprising of the Special Forces of the army descended heavily on the terrorists at their various locations where quite a number of them were killed and several items recovered.
Col. Usman, in a statement Thursday said,“The Nigerian troops of seven division garrison comprising 112 battalion and armed forces special forces yesterday carried out a joint clearance patrol on suspected Boko Haram terrorists locations at Kwaptara, Mijigete, Garin Boka, Mosole, Ngubdori, Ma’asa, Dukje and Gulumba in Dikwa and Bama local government areas of Borno state.
He stated that, “The troops discovered Boko Haram terrorists’ camp, patent medicine outfit and major market at Gulumba. Quite a number of Boko Haram terrorists were killed and several items were recovered.
“These include two logistic trucks, 180 motorcycles, 750 bicycles and various perishable and non-perishable items such as a 100 KVA Mikano generator and grinding machine.
“In addition, they also rescued 195 persons held hostage, recovered 300 cows, 200 sheep and 130 goats rustled by the insurgents. The troops also recovered military items such as camouflage uniforms as well as rifle magazines and grenades.”
The Army expressed appreciation to members of the public, stating that the successful operations was made possible because of the renewed cooperation and support of the public who provided timely information to the troops.
“Consequently, we would like to thank all those good citizens who provide the timely information and enjoin all to see the fight against Boko Haram terrorists as a collective responsibility to enable us clear the remnants of the insurgents in the north east and other parts of the country,” he said
Meanwhile, the troops of 81 Battalion and 251 Task Force Battalion, Tuesday night killed some suspected Boko Haram terrorists during an ambush laid at two of the insurgents crossing points including Komala and Musafanari general area coming from Sambisa forest, Borno State.
The defence headquarters said the ambush party “decisively dealt with some” militants on motorcycles, killing some while few others fled with gunshot wounds.
Defence statement added that “The troops recovered one AK45 rifle with registration number 56-2614519, in addition to a magazine containing 9 rounds of 7.62mm (Special), 6 motorcycles, 2 bags of salt and other assorted food items as well as various Improvised Explosive Making Devices (IEDs)”.
Military also alleged that the recovered items indicated that the terrorists were ready to go out for another bloody mission.
It implored members of the public to oblige it with timely information on the Boko Haram terrorists so as to enable army and the security to check further bloody attacks.