Abuja - Troops of the 81 Battalion and 251 Task Force Battalion have intercepted families of escaping terrorists at Liwanti village along Damboa-Bulabulin Road in Borno State.
According to Acting Director Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, said troops at an observation post sighted a group of people approaching its check point at the and on arrival, they were received and treated humanely based on International Humanitarian Laws and Rules of Engagement.
The Army spokesman said preliminary investigation shows that the 69 of them were indeed family members of Boko Haram terrorists escaping from Sambisa.
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“Out of that number, seven of them are men, 18 women, seven grown up boys and 37 children,” Usman said.
He added that at the initial state of interrogation, they claimed to have escaped from Boko Haram terrorists captivity at Ngwalimari village in Sambisa forest general area.
However, further interrogation revealed otherwise, said Usman.
The troops recovered 15 bicycles, five Dane Guns and other personal effects from them.
“Further and thorough investigation is ongoing to ascertain other information from them,” Usman said.
- CAJ News