Eighty five people, that include women and children held hostage by Boko Haram in Borno north, bordering southern fringes of the Lake Chad, have been rescued by the Nigerian Army.
In the process, five terrorists were killed in a fierce encounter that made several of them run into the Lake Chad, while the troops also discovered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making factory at Geram.
Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, on Sunday in a statement, said the hostages were rescued when the troops conducted a clearance operation at the strategic town of Chukungudu.
Usman said the operation was led by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 7 Division, Victor Ezugwu, between Friday and Saturday.
“The maneuovering Brigade led by 3 Battalion of 22 Brigade, successfully cleared Geram, Bulankassa and Chukungudu believed to be the Boko Haram terrorists strongholds in that area.
“The troops recovered four rounds of Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) bombs, one Double Barrel Gun, 349 packets containing various rounds of ammunitions, three magazines, a link belt of machine gun ammunition and one AK-47 rifle magazine,” he said.
“In the factory, they found several already primed suicide bombers’ vests.
“They also discovered a well equipped motor vehicles and motorcycles’ workshop and spare parts wharehouse at Chukungudu village.
“The troops recovered three vehicles and several newly acquired motorcycles.”
He said that in line with rules of engagement, the IEDs factory, vehicles and motorcycles had been destroyed.
“Unfortunately, a soldier died during the encounter,” he said.