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Troops rescue terror victims, unearth caches in Borno

31 March 2015, 10:01Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - Hostages that local troops have rescued from the clutches of the Boko Haram sect are receiving medical assistance.

On Monday evening, troops reported they had rescued a number of women, the elderly and children who were locked up by fleeing terrorists in Gwoza, Borno State.

“The freed hostages some of whom are so weak are being given medical attention while others are also receiving necessary care pending the arrival and activities of aid agencies.  Some of them are also providing useful information for the intelligence in aid of troops operations in the area,” Chris Olukalade, Director Defence Information, said.

Meanwhile, Olukalade said, in another development, a building which had been converted to a bomb making factory have been unearthed by troops in the course of ongoing mopping up operations in Gwoza.  

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The facility which is being used for the manufacture of various calibres of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) is still being carefully evacuated of dangerous materials.

“Massive destruction of infrastructure and property including blowing up bridges and burnt houses including Emir’s Palace had also been noticeable.,” Olukalade said.

He said troops were carefully removing land mines placed in various parts of the town,” said Olukalade.

He said in Bama, also in Borno State, troops on routine patrol in the suburbs of the town this morning recovered a large number of rifles and various arms believed to have been abandoned by terrorists who fled the area when troops were advancing to flush them of the town recently.  

- CAJ News


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