The Defence Headquarters has said that troops had freed many women, children and some aged people who were locked up by fleeing insurgents in Gwoza.
A statement issued in Abuja by the Director of Defence Information, Maj.-Gen Chris Olukolade, said the hostages were rescued during a cordon and search operation in Gwoza.
“The terrorists fled when troops were advancing to flush them out of the town recently,’’ it said,
According to the statement, some of the rescued hostages were weak and were being given medical attention, while others were receiving necessary care, pending the arrival of aid agencies.
The statement also said that some of the released hostages were giving useful information for the operations of troops in the area.
It said that a building which had been converted to a bomb making factory had been uncovered by troops in the course of the ongoing mopping up operations in the town.
It further said that facilities used for the manufacture of various calibres of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were still being carefully evacuated.
“Massive destruction of infrastructure and property including bridges and the Emir’s Palace,’’ were noticeable, Olukolade said in the statement, adding that troops were carefully removing land mines placed in various parts of the town.
It also said that in Bama town, a large cache of arms which were believed to have been abandoned by terrorists who fled the town were recovered on Monday morning.
The troops, it said, were dominating the town with aggressive patrols, to defend it against any further terrorists activities.