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20 Women Rescued From Sambisa Forest As Troops Kill Terrorists

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The Defence Headquarters on Saturday said scores of Boko Haram terrorists

had died and 20 women and children had been rescued during a military

operation in Sambisa Forest in Borno State, on Friday.

This is contained in a statement by the Director of Defence Information,

Maj.-Gen Chris Olukolade, on Saturday.
”Despite continuous encounter with large number of land mines, which still

litter the Sambisa Forest, troops have forged ahead with the ongoing

offensive operations as scores of the terrorists died in the assault on

their bases on Friday,” Olukolade said.
He said several of the terrorists' weapons and equipment were destroyed

during the encounter.
According to him, over 10 soldiers were, however, wounded, while one died,

following explosions of land mines along the routes of advance.

He said some equipment were also damaged or affected by the detonation of

land mines in several points in the forest.
Olukolade added, ”A total of 20 women and children were rescued at the end

of the Friday operation.They have all been airlifted out of the forest.

”The wounded soldiers have also been moved out for necessary treatment.

”Two major ammunition dumps, maintained by the terrorists in the forest

were also destroyed, along with the four additional terrorists camps that

were smashed in the operation of Friday.”
He explained that an armoured tank and over 10 vehicles, of various types,

being used for terrorists operations as well as 70 motorcycles and 15

tricycles had also perished during the operation.
The Defence spokesman said air and artillery bombardment of identified

terrorists camps and locations in various parts of the forest, including

the Alafa aspect, were still ongoing as troops continued the offensive

against the terrorists.
Olukolade added that a cordon-and-search operation around Bitta, Borno

State, had been intensified following an incident, where two young boys

were wounded after picking up a grenade from a refuse dump.

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