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Army Rescues 386 Civilians From Sambisa Forest 10 Years After Abduction

Posted by Samuel on Sun 19th May, 2024 - tori.ng

The acting GOC 7 Division, Brig. Gen. AGL Haruna, made this known while speaking to newsmen on Saturday at the outskirts of Sambisa forest in Konduga Local Government Area after welcoming the troops that conducted the 10-day operation.

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The Army has rescued a total of 386 individuals, predominantly women and children, from the Sambisa forest, a decade after they were abducted.

The acting GOC 7 Division, Brig. Gen. AGL Haruna, made this known while speaking to newsmen on Saturday at the outskirts of Sambisa forest in Konduga Local Government Area after welcoming the troops that conducted the 10-day operation.

Haruna said that the operation tagged “Operation Desert Sanity 111” was to clear Sambisa forest of the remnants of all categories of terrorists as well as provide some of them eager to surrender as observed the opportunity to do so.

“Our effort is to ensure that we clear remnants of terrorists in the Sambisa and give those willing to surrender the opportunity to surrender.

“With this operation, we envisage many of them will surrender as they have started.

“We also rescued some civilians; as of yesterday, we rescued 386 and I am sure the number will increase by today,” Haruna said.

The GOC, who addressed the troops on the message of Chief of Army Staff, lauded their performance and professionalism exhibited during the operation and urged them to sustain the tempo.

Some of those rescued who spoke, said they have been in captivity for the past 10 years.

Troops from 21 Special Armoured Brigade, 26 Task Force Brigade, and 199 Special Forces participated in the operation.



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