The Nigerian Army says it has rescued over 5,000 hostages held captive by the Boko Haram sect in several clearance operation in the northeast.
A statement issued by the acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, says that 10 terrorists were killed in the operation.
Colonel Usman added that one civilian JTF member was killed while a soldier, a Policeman and another civilian JTF member were wounded during the operation.
The statement noted that arms, ammunition and logistic equipment in large quantities were recovered from the terrorists.
In an earlier operation, a joint patrol team of Sector One of 27 Task Force Brigade and Army Headquarters Strike Group cleared the dreaded terrorists’ enclaves in Buhari, Matari and Kaidiri villages in Borno State.
Colonel Usman explained that the remnants of the terrorists at Kaidiri, on sighting the patrol team chickened out and withdrew in disarray into Niger Republic with gunshot wounds.
He added that the troops pursued them and got two Boko Haram terrorists while they recovered seven motorcycles and borehole equipment from them.
A joint patrol team of Sector 1 of 27 Task Force Brigade and Army Headquarters Strike Group has cleared Boko Haram terrorists’ enclaves in Buhari, Matari and Kaidiri villages.
The villages are located some kilometres to Damasak, Borno State.
Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, explained that the remnants of the terrorists at Kaidiri on sighting the patrol team chickened out and withdrew in disarray into Niger Republic with gunshot wounds.
The troops pursued them and got two Boko Haram terrorists. In addition, they recovered seven motorcycles and borehole equipment.
In a related development, troops of 7 Division recovered and successfully detonated Improvised Explosive Device planted by suspected Boko Haram terrorists that came in Keke NAPEP in Gomari, Maiduguri metropolis in conjunction with Nigeria Police Explosive Ordnance Device team.
“This development has necessitated the call for more vigilance and security conscious on the part of everyone especially the residents of Maiduguri and its environs.
“The fight against the menace of Boko Haram terrorists is a collective responsibility that require positive contribution from all citizenry.
“People should please be wary of suspicious persons or objects and report same to the nearest security agency or post,” he said.
Troops have intercepted some family members of the Boko Haram insurgents escaping from the Sambisa forest in Borno State, northeast Nigeria.
The capture was disclosed on Wednesday in a statement by the acting Director, Public Relations of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sani Usman.
“Today, in the early hours, troops of 81 Battalion and 251 Task Force Battalion deployed at an Observation Post sighted a group of persons approaching its Check Point at Liwanti village along Damboa-Bulabulin road, Borno State.
“On arrival, they were received and treated humanely based on International Humanitarian Laws and Rules of Engagement.
“On preliminary investigation, it was discovered that the 69 of them were indeed family members of Boko Haram terrorists escaping from Sambisa. Out of that number, seven of them are men, 18 women, seven grown up boys and 37 children,” the statement read.
At the initial state of interrogation, Colonel Usman said they claimed to have escaped from Boko Haram terrorists’ captivity at Ngwalimari village in Sambisa forest general area, but stated that further interrogation revealed otherwise.
The troops recovered 15 bicycles, five Dane Guns and other personal effects from the alleged insurgents’ relatives.
The Army spokesman said further and thorough investigation was ongoing to ascertain other information from them.
Nigerian Troops from 81 Battalion and some elements of 251 Task Force Battalion, 25 Brigade, on Sunday ambushed suspected Boko Haram terrorists escaping from Sambisa forest to Fulawani village.
According to a statement by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, the ambushed terrorists were trying to link up with other terrorists or members of their families to relocate to other places.
“It will be recalled that the troops intercepted a group of women and children yesterday who claimed to have escaped from the terrorists’ enclave in Sambisa forest.
“However, during screening and interrogation, it was confirmed that they were the terrorists’ advance party relocating to a new safe haven following intense tactical operations by troops.
“The troops sprang a surprise ambush on the group of escaping terrorists from Sambisa forest crossing towards Alagarno mounted on motorcycles and bicycles, killing five of them and recovering a number items.
“These include five motorcycles, nine bicycles, 80 new pairs of bathroom slippers, assorted laundry items, polythene bags and mats. From all indication, the terrorists intended to link up with their wives and children earlier mentioned, who were obviously despatched to wait for them close to Fulawani for onward movement to other locations.”
The Army also said that based on its assessment, the recovered items were for sale in other locations where remnants of the terrorists were hiding but in dire need of logistics.
“Further investigation also revealed that the terrorists were fleeing Sambisa forest to other areas for safety as they could no longer withstand the continued bombardment by both Nigerian Air Force and the ground troops,” The Army explained.