Nigerian Military Rescues 1890 Persons From Boko Haram

Nigerian_MilitaryThe Nigerian Military has rescued 1890 persons held captives by the Boko Haram Sect at various locations within the last two weeks.

This is in a bid by the military to wipe out insurgency attacks in the Northeast by the terrorist group.

Those rescued include 800 Nigerians that crossed to Cameroon and brought back to Banki town in Nigeria by troops of the 21 Brigade on Thursday.

Troops of the 121 Task Force conducted joint patrols with Cameroonian forces at Mararraba, Angwan Fada, Dale and Wizha Bokko Timit, Bokko Nasanu and Bokko Hidde up to Ngoshe in which they rescued 17 women and 28 children.

In a statement by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, it said, “troops of the 7 Division Garrison, in joint operations with 112 Battalion, Army Headquarters Support Group and Armed Forces Special Forces at Gajibo, Maula, Gamai, Gamare, Maiwa, Warsale, Tangli, Tushi, Sowa, Hasanari, Changuwa, Malamaja, and Marya in Dikwa and Mafa Local Government Areas rescued 350 people including 5 Cameroonian girls that were held hostage by the Boko Haram terrorists in those areas”.

In a similar operation, troops of the 7 Division Garrison in conjunction with troops of the 112 Task Force Battalion, and Armed Forces Special Forces on February 17, 2016, conducted clearance operations in Kwaptara, Mijigete, Garin Boka, Mosole, Ngubdori, Ma’asa, Dukje and Gulumba in Dikwa and Bama Local Government Areas in which they rescued 195 persons held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists.

On February 23, 2016, troops of 21 Brigade in conjunction with troops of MNJTF in Kumshe general area, 250 persons were rescued, mainly women and children held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists and 800 refugees were brought back from Cameroon, also same day, troops of the 7 Division rescued 150 persons at Kodo.

Troops of the 21 Brigade had on Friday intercepted over 3,000 Nigerians crossing from Wambatche, Liman and Kodo Fata villages in Cameroon into Nigeria. The refugees have been moved to Bama Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp.

The 25 Task Force Brigade on Friday, in Galmasku, Muli, Chiralia, Maisani, Talala, Ajigin, Shetimalau, 1 and 2, Dalomi also rescued 250 civilians held hostage by the Boko Haram terrorists.

Army Kills 23 Boko Haram Members, Rescue 150 Hostages

Army-Troops-The Nigerian Army has disclosed that 23 Boko Haram terrorists have been killed, while 150 hostages rescued as Nigeria/Cameroon troops continue to clear out terrorists’ hideouts.

The Nigerian Army says that in line with the Chief of Army Staff’s directive for troops to maintain the momentum, troops of 7 Division carried out major operations against the Boko Haram terrorist’s locations in Talala and Kumshe axis of Borno State.

According to a statement issued by the acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, during the joint operation between elements of 7 division and the Cameroonian forces along Banki-Kumshe axis, 20 Boko Haram terrorists were killed.

He also revealed that the troops destroyed 4 AK 47 rifles and captured a gun truck mounted with an anti-aircraft gun (AA gun) and 2 AK 47 rifles, as well as a 60mm mortar and a Dane gun.

Maiduguri Attack Was Terrorists’ Foiled Attempt To Free Detained Colleagues – Army

Troops advancing for an operationThe Nigerian Army has said that the attacks on a Military barracks in Maiduguri on Friday morning was a move by pockets of terrorists to boost their depleted stock of fighters by freeing their colleagues who are being held in detention.

This is according to a statement by the Director of Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade.

The statement read: “The attack has been successfully repelled with heavy human casualty on the terrorists.  Some of the victims of the terrorists’ fire in their efforts to break into the detention facility included those they came to rescue.

“Many of the terrorists and their weapons have been captured.  Four soldiers were wounded and are being treated.  Hot pursuits by land and air operations are ongoing along with cordon and search of surrounding localities.

“No institution has been reported attacked, although the effect of firing from the encounter could be noticed in surrounding facilities in Maiduguri.”

The military statement, while promising to give more details later, added that it believed that the terrorists’ attempt was in response to the intensity of attacks on their strongholds in camps at Talala, Monguzum, Sambisa forests, Gwoza, Mandara mountains as well as the general area of Lake Chad, where the “camps have been destroyed and many insurgents killed.”