Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor stated on Sunday that Nigerian troops have rescued more than 1000 persons held captive by the Boko Haram group.
He also said following a tip off, soldiers arrested four female suicide bombers, approaching military locations from Sambisa Forest.
Irabor, who made the disclosure while giving an update on the battle against insurgencies, noted that troops were at present in the heart of Sambisa Forest.
He said: “Troops are deep into the forest to smoke out Boko Haram terrorists.
“Following a tip-off, troops intercepted four female suicide bombers approaching from Sambisa in the general area of Jimini-Bolari village.
“Two unexploded Improvised Explosive Devices on the suicide bombers were safely detonated by our own EOD team.
“During the incident, two women and a baby from Ngawafete village were arrested after the blast as they were seen approaching Madiyari village.
“Also, a suspected Boko Haram training camp at Mudallah village in Dikwa Local Government Area was raided by troops on April 16.
“Consequently, troops made contact and killed a suspected BHT Amir and six others while capturing five.
“During the raid, five Boko Haram terrorists’ vehicles and several BHTs flags were destroyed. Also, over 1,000 civilians held captive were rescued.
“Similarly, on April 16, Operation Lafiya Dole troops conducted fighting patrol to Boboshe, Garna, Kyare, Ginba and Ajiri villages. The patrol team recovered eight industrial gas cylinders and five regular gas cylinders at a primary school being used for bomb making.
“Also, 3 Boko Haram terrorists were captured while four motor cycles, three bicycles, a solar panel and two containers of liquid herbicides were destroyed.
“On April 28, troops embarked on fighting patrols in the general area of Bogoro, Duguno 1, 2 and 3. On reaching Mbaraka, they encountered and cleared some Boko Haram terrorists’ elements.
“The troops proceeded to Jadda village where they engaged and killed four Boko Haram terrorists. The patrol team also discovered a big pit where the BHTs used for dumping their victims to die and rot.
“The patrol team later freed some hostages and recovered an AK-47 rifle, 30 rounds of 7.62mm (special) ammunition, 12 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, 14 dane guns, a motorcycle, two solar panels, 120 litres of AGO, some packets of panadol and a food storage facility.
“During the operation, one of our troops suffered gunshot wound and was evacuated for medical treatment. I am glad to state that he is in stable condition and responding to treatment”, he added.