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Scores report escape from Boko Haram captivity

01 June 2016, 21:33

Abuja - Some 79 people claiming to have been held captive by Boko Haram at Ngwalimiri village, Borno State have escaped from the terrorists’ hideout.

Confirming the report, Acting Director Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, said troops of 81 Battalion and 251 Task Force Battalion, Task Force Brigade received the people.

They comprised 12 men, 24 women, 31 children and 12 infants.

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“All of them are undergoing preliminary investigation and screening to determine their status before onward movement to Internally Displaced
Persons' camps for rehabilitation,” Usman said.

It could not be ascertained when they were kidnapped.

Meanwhile, troops of 28 Task Force Brigade have cleared  Bulajani, Mulgwo and Muotu villages of remnants of Boko Haram elements in furtherance of the efforts to keep Bitta-Damboa road in Borno open and secure to commuters.

During an encounter at Moutu specifically, a soldier sustained an injury on the forehead, while five Boko Haram terrorists were killed.

A few others escaped with gunshot wounds.

The troops recovered three locally made guns” Usman added.

- CAJ News


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