Borno - Troops have rescued a significant number of civilians, killed a number of terrorists and recovered vast amounts of money during operations to rid the northeast of Boko Haram terrorists.
In one of the major breakthroughs, troops of 254 Task Force Battalion in conjunction with vigilantes and Borno Youths Empowerment Scheme (BOYES), rescued 157 persons held hostages by the terrorists.
Nine Boko Haram terrorists were killed in the operations at Mufurundi, Kaleri, Masemari, Bego, Bale, Gadzama and Gagantilo villages along Damboa-Bale-Gwoza road.
Troops of 21 Brigade Nigerian Army also carried out clearance operations at Bulari, Tori 1, 2 and 3 during which they successfully cleared the general area of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists.
During the operation, ten terrorists were killed and one was captured alive.
However, two civilian joint taskforce members accompanying the troops lost their lives.
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The troops rescued seven civilians.
Army Spokesperson, Col. Sani Usman Kukasheka, said troops of 22 Brigade on the other hand intercepted 26 people comprising mostly women and children, coming towards Adah village in Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State.
Upon interrogation, they reportedly stated that they were held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists, but escaped as their captors were moving towards Lake Chad general area because of troops’ presence.
He added that troops of the same Brigade carried out a fighting patrol, cordon and search operation on Thursday 21st April 2016, along Dikwa-Marte road, Kaje, Selenge, Manekura, Mane Gana and Gawayi villages.
Eight people were rescued.
Troops of the 26 Task Force Brigade stationed in Gwoza have also intercepted eight suspected Boko Haram terrorists, trying to enter Gwoza.
One suspect was found in possession of N637 000.
Troops of the 3 Battalion also intercepted a suspect with N70 000 in another operation in Diema.
Usman said the troops in various deployments within the Lafiya Dole theatre remained vigilant with soaring morale and committed to their duties of clearing the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists.
- CAJ News