Troops Rescue Women, Children From Boko Haram In ‘Operation Hard Knock’

rescued women and children from boko haram The troops of Eight Task Force Division on Tuesday rescued women and children in an operation code-named ‘Operation Hard Knock’ in Borno State launched to clear pockets of Boko Haram terrorists hiding in remote areas.

The captives – 19 women and 19 children – were rescued in northern Borno State, along Nigeria-Niger borders.

As the operation progresses, troops cleared pockets of insurgents from their hideouts in Momo and Tunshe villages around Marte general area Borno State.

The women and children were held hostage in Dumba village by the terrorists.

During the rescue operation, the troops killed six Boko Haram insurgents while others fled with gunshot wounds leaving behind 22 motorcycles, flags and other items.

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Motorcycles recovered from the terrorists by the troops

Earlier, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole deployed at a checkpoint in Gubio, Gubio Local Government Area of Borno State foiled a suicide attack on Gubio town by eight Boko Haram terrorists.

The incident occurred at about 9.15AM on Tuesday morning.

The suicide bombers arrived in a pickup vehicle primed with Improvised Explosive Devices including suicide vests.

They attempted to force their way through the checkpoint but met stiff resistance from troops who insisted that the vehicle be thoroughly checked.

The suicide bombers refused and blew up themselves by detonating one of the suicide vests killing all the eight Boko Haram terrorists on board.

IDPs Vacate Schools In Maiduguri

IDPsThe Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have vacated public schools within Maiduguri town where they have been sheltered by the Borno State Government.

On Tuesday, the State Emergency Management Agency evacuated the IDPs to alternative camps for the reopening and commencement of academic session in public schools.

Three public schools had already been vacated as thousands of relocated IDPs adjust in their new camps.

Borno State education officials said that the closure of schools had been a setback for the state, but the plan is to get the kids back to their classes as soon as possible.

Six out of the 23 makeshift camps for the IDPs in Maiduguri were located within boarding public schools.

The schools were shut down to make room for dislodged persons from local council areas in the heat of the insurgency.

Displaced persons from the Government College Maiduguri had stayed the longest in the temporary shelter, following the taking over of their town by the outlawed Boko Haram since May, 2014.

On Sunday, the IDPs from Gwoza Council Area of Borno State protested their evacuation from public schools within the capital city where they found temporary shelter for more than a year.

An IDP, Adamu Modu, told Channels Television that:” The truth is we have been fighting for our return home.

“Our leaders have been telling us that the terrorists are still seen in our town. Our cry is that we need the government to help us return home since the rainy season is setting in, we can go back to our farms and begin to help ourselves.”

But a representative of the State Emergency Management Agency, Ahmed Satomi, said that security reports indicated that returning the nearly 6,000 IDPs to Gwoza is not a good idea.

Other evacuees from the Women Teachers’ College and Yerwa Girls’ Secondary School were split between the Dalori and Gubio road camps respectively.

Humanitarian officials said that there are nearly two million refugees in Maiduguri either living in makeshift camps or with relatives within the host community.