Army rescues victtims held hostage by Boko Haram
The Nigerian Army has said that its troops killed many Boko Haram insurgents during various operations in North East Nigeria.
The Army also said its operatives arrested 84 suspected terrorists and rescued 161 men and women, including children from captivity in Borno State.
The Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, said the operations were carried out in conjunction with the troops of the Multi-National Joint Task Force.
Iliyasu said the troops of the Nigerian Army Super Camp 7 deployed in the Bama area of the State killed one terrorist, captured one and rescued eight women and six children at Tafana 1, 2 and 3 villages in Bama on Dec. 27, 2019.
He noted that the rescued children were immediately administered with polio vaccines.
He said, “The troops captured Boko Haram flags, recovered 16 arrows and 32 refilled rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition during the encounter.
“They also arrested 75 suspected Boko Haram agents and rescued 147 civilians comprising 79 males and 68 females who had been under the captivity of the terrorists.”
Illyasu explained that the rescued civilians were conveyed to a humanitarian facility in Monguno and handed over to officials of Borno State Emergency Management Agency.
“The children among them were administered with polio vaccine by the Buratai Intervention Task Force Initiative,” he added.
The statement further disclosed that troops of 25 Task Force Brigade deployed at Super Camp 2 in Damboa, arrested a high profile Boko Haram informant/logistics supplier, Ibrahim Buba, and two others suspected to be his couriers at Shuwari village in Damboa District.
The troops of 242 Battalion in Monguno similarly arrested suspected terrorists’ logistics suppliers, Abubakar Aisami and Modu Baba with foodstuff and drugs concealed in a bag of corn powder for delivery to the terrorists.
The Army noted that the troops of Sector 3 Mobile Team in conjunction with elements of Sector 2 Multi-National Joint task Force recovered and destroyed 15 vehicles belonging to the Boko Haram terrorists in northern Borno.