Successes as Army Clears more Boko Haram Camps, Frees Hostages

The Nigerian army has rescued 275 persons held hostage by the Boko Haram terrorists.
The rescue operation was carried out by troops of 152 Task Force Battalion in conjunction with troops of Sector 1 of Multinational Joint Task Force, Sunday.
The troops were said to have cleared terrorists’ camps in Madawaya, Jere, Kardile, Koujili, Ngenere and Maksamari, as well as Douse, Bembem, Zombulum and Taraji villages. In addition, the troops recovered an AK-47 rifle, 4 fully loaded magazines with 7.62mm ammunitions, 2 power generating sets, welding machines, assorted batteries and solar panels. 15 terrorists were also killed in the attack as some weapons, vehicles and motorcycles were captured.
Other items recovered include drums of beans and other grains as well as Bandolier. Nigerian army said the troops have continued with their clearance operations to other suspected hideouts of the Boko Haram terrorists in their areas of operations.
Also, troops, from the 22 Brigade Garrison, Army Headquarters Strike Group, on Sunday captured three Boko Haram terrorists in Kadawu, Borno State.
Four motorcycles, three bicycles, one solar panel and two containers of liquid herbicides were recovered from the terrorists.
Three more Boka Haram terrorists were captured at another village, Garna, and seven locally-made guns recovered from them.
The troops, accompanied by some civilian JTF, were on patrol to the two villages, including other villages like Boboshe, Kyare, Gineba, and Ajiri in the state, according to information released by the Nigerian Army.
The troops recovered bomb-making equipment – eight industrial gas cylinders and five regular gas cylinders, and a pick-up truck, at a primary school in Boboshe village.
The village was deserted by the time the soldiers arrived.
The Army has in the last few days recorded success against the insurgents.
The Army has in the last few day recorded successes against the insurgent especially with recent arrest of Khalid al-Barnawi, the leader of Ansaru terrorist group in Lokoja, Kogi State. In another development, the Nigerian military has confirmed that more terrorists have been arrested while other Boko Haram members have also surrendered to the security agencies.
The Director Defence information, Brigadier Rabe Abubakar who confirmed this development to PRNigeria, disclosed that: “With ongoing aggressive military operations in the North-East, some Boko Haram terrorists have surrendered to the Nigerian troops just as some top commanders were arrested while fleeing from the theatre of war.
“The improved synergy and inter-agency collaborations have enhanced the various operations towards the massive arrest of members of the terrorists’ groups.
“We are conducting series of investigation including background checks on some of those arrested and those that surrendered to the security agencies for proper identifications…. So far most of the operations are going on smoothly.
“Our concern is for Nigerians to support the military and other security agencies with useful information especially now that most of the Boko Haram camps have been destroyed; while the stubborn members may be fleeing to new locations.
“We urge Nigerians to report any strange movement and people, including suspicious objects in their localities to ensure that suspects do not have new haven to hide where they may later disrupt such communities.”

Author: News Editor

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