Military kills 15 terrorists, rescues 275 hostages in Borno



IGP orders AIG zone 7 to relocate to Kaduna
Troops of Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJF) and 22 Brigade Garrison of Nigerian Army Headquarters Strike Group (AHQ-SG) have killed 15 suspected terrorists and arrested 12 others during a joint military clearance operations on Sunday in Borno communities.

They also destroyed a bomb-making factory in Bula Umara village, before rescuing 275 hostages held in 10 villages.

Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, disclosed this yesterday in a statement issued to newsmen in Maiduguri.

Usman said that just after the operation, one of the rescued women gave birth.

Meanwhile, following the abduction and later murder of an army colonel in Kaduna recently, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase, has ordered the transfer of some police officers out of the state and directed the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) zone 7 to relocate to Kaduna, as part of efforts to address the security challenges.

Arase said police personnel who have served in Kaduna State Command for six years should be transferred out of the state with immediate effect, noting that the AIG, Ballah Nasarawa, is expected to ensure the effective supervision of security situation in the state.

The statement from the army reads in part: “The sector 1 of MNJTF in the early hours of Sunday carried out clearance operation in suspected hideouts of Boko Haram terrorists around Madawaya general area; cleared an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making factory, and killed 15 terrorists, recovering some weapons in the operation.”

Usman said: “The troops cleared terrorists from 10 villages of Madawaya, Jere, Kardile, Koujili, Ngenere, and Maksamari, including Douse, Bembem, Zombulum and Taraji.”

He added: “The army troops also recovered an AK47 rifle, four fully loaded magazines with 7.62mm ammunition, two power generating sets, welding machines, assorted batteries and solar panels.”

Usman said: “Although the patrol team found Boboshe village empty, they, however, recovered eight industrial gas cylinders and five regular gas cylinders being used for making explosives, at a primary school.”

He said the team also captured three Boko Haram terrorists at Kadawu.

Other communities liberated in the operation are Kyare, Kadawu, Gineba and Ajiri where six other terror suspects were arrested.

A statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) Olabisi Kolawole, said Arase also charged the AIG to find means of halting the incessant kidnappings as well as other crimes, especially in Jere, Kagarko Local Council of Kaduna State.

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