Troops kill 34 terrorists, rescue 338 persons from Boko Haram
AS the Chief of Army Staff visits the North East, troops of the 28 Task Force Brigade Nigerian Army deployed around the fringes of Sambisa forest have recorded a huge success in the campaign against the terrorists, killing many of them and rescuing hundreds of civilians.
According to a statement issued yesterday by the Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, the troops rescued 338 persons held captive by the insurgents, even as 34 of the terrorists were killed in two separate encounters.
The rescued persons include 138 female, 192 children and eight men.
According to the statement, the troops killed 30 sect members and recovered different arms and ammunitions from them, as the rescued persons are already taken up for appropriate profiling.
Troops deployed at Bitta and Pridang carried out a successful raid on suspected Boko Haram terrorists camps at Bulajilin and Manawashe villages along Bita and Damboa road at the fringes of Sambisa forest on Tuesday.
The troops were able to kill 30 Boko Haram terrorists. The unit also rescued 338 persons that were held captive by the insurgents in their enclaves. The rescued persons, which comprise of eight male, 138 female and 192 children, have since been evacuated to Mubi.
Troops also recovered arms and ammunitions during the operation, which include one general purpose machine gun and two dane guns, 150 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO), six boxes of 7.62mm (NATO) and three cutlasses.
The statement also said soldiers acting on information ambushed suspected terrorists on a suicide mission in Adamawa State, killing the insurgents, where large sums of money and explosives were retrieved.
It reads, “Troops acting on a tip off, ambushed and killed four suspected Boko Haram terrorists on a suicide mission to Gubula, Madagali local council of Adamawa State.
“Apart from two AK-47 rifles recovered, the troops also recovered some Unexploded Ordinances (UXOs), mortar bombs and cash sum of N153,385k.”
It noted that the raid on Boko Haram terrorists enclave coincided with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai’s operational visit to the brigade headquarters in Mubi.