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Hundreds rescued from Boko Haram captivity

26 February 2016, 08:49Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Troops have reported rescuing about 2 000 civilians held captive by Boko Haram terrorists at various locations within the last fortnight.

Acting Director Army Public Relations Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman confirmed the figures.

He said those rescued include 800 Nigerian refugees that had crossed to Cameroon but were brought back to Banki town in Nigeria by troops of 21 Brigade on Thursday.

The Army spokesman also revealed that troops of 121 Task Force conducted  joint patrols with Cameroonian forces at Mararraba, Angwan Fada, Dale and Wizha Bokko Timit, Bokko Nasanu and Bokko Hidde up to Ngoshe where they rescued 17 women and 28 children.

He added that troops of 7 Division Garrison, in joint operations with 112 Battalion, Army Headquarters Support Group and Armed Forces Special Forces also rescued 350 people, including five Cameroonian girls.

These were rescued in Gajibo, Maula, Gamai, Gamare, Maiwa, Warsale, Tangli, Tushi, Sowa, Hasanari, Changuwa, Malamaja, and Marya in Dikwa and Mafa Local Government Areas in Borno State.

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Usman said in a similar operation, troops of 7 Division Garrison in conjunction with troops of 112 Task Force Battalion, and Armed Forces Special Forces recently freed some 195 people.

This followed operations carried out last week in Kwaptara, Mijigete, Garin Boka, Mosole, Ngubdori, Ma'asa, Dukje and Gulumba in Dikwa and Bama Local Government Areas.

Usman said troops of 21 Brigade had leading to Friday intercepted over 300 refugees crossing from Wambatche, Liman and Kodo Fata villages in Cameroon into Nigeria.

The refugees have been moved to Bama internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp in Borno.

In another operation, 250 refugees have been rescued in Galmasku, Muli, Chiralia, Maisani,  Talala, Ajigin, Shetimalau, 1 and 2 and Dalomi.

- CAJ News


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