Abuja – Troops have rescued 400 people held
hostage by the Boko Haram sect in some villages in Borno State.
Three terrorists were killed during the operations while
nine others were arrested.
Army Spokesperson, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, said the
operations were in compliance with the
military high command’s directive which is to ensure that all villages and
towns are cleared of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists.
Under the Operation Lafiya Dole, aimed at eliminating the
terror, troops cleared four villages where armed insurgents had been
The terrorists were hibernating in Bosuma, Cinga, Mallum
Maja and Murye villages.
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Items recovered from them include Dane guns, machetes, a bow
with arrows, motor cycles reportedly used by the Boko Haram terrorists to ferry
slaughtered cow meat to hideouts.
The troops also recovered 300 herds of cattle rustled by the
Boko Haram terrorists from Fulani herdsmen and handed over to their rightful
“It is gratifying to state that we have not sustained any
casualty to own troops and equipment and troops' morale remains very high,”
The Boko Haram has kidnapped thousands of civilians during a
violent campaign to carve an Islamic state.
Some 20 000 people have been killed and 3 million displaced.
- CAJ News