Nigerian Army Frees 1,890 Boko Haram Captives In 2 Weeks

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SAN FRANCISCO, February 26, (THEWILL) – The Nigerian army, on Friday, revealed that its troops fighting insurgency in the North East Zone had rescued 1,890 Boko Haram hostages, including women and children, in the last two weeks.

In a statement signed by Sani Usman, Army Spokesman, made available to NAN, he revealed that the hostages were rescued in different locations in Borno following massive mop-up operations conducted by different units in the state.

Usman said some of those rescued include 800 Nigerians who had initially crossed to Cameroon but were brought back to Banki town in Nigeria by troops of the 21 Brigade on Thursday.

“Troops of 121 Task Force conducted joint patrols with Cameroonian forces at Mararraba, Angwan Fada, Dale and Wizha Bokko Timit, Bokko Nasanu and Bokko Hidde up to Ngoshe in which they rescued 17 women and 28 children,” Usman said.

“Similarly, troops of 7 Division Garrison carried out joint operations with 112 Battalion, Army Headquarters Support Group and Armed Forces Special Forces at Gajibo, Maula, Gamai, Gamare.

Maiwa, Warsale, Tangli, Tushi, Sowa, Hasanari, Changuwa, Malamaja, and Marya in Dikwa and Mafa Local Government areas and rescued 350 people, including five Cameroonian girls.

“In a similar operation, troops of 7 Division Garrison in conjunction with troops of 112 Task Force Battalion, and Armed Forces Special Forces on Feb. 17, conducted clearance operations at Kwaptara, Mijigete, Garin Boka, Mosole, Ngubdori, Ma'asa, Dukje and Gulumba in Dikwa and Bama Local Government Areas in which they rescued 195 hostages.”

He added that on February 23, troops of 21 Brigade, in conjunction with troops of MNJTF on clearance operations at Kumshe general area, rescued 250 persons, mainly women and children.

He said troops of 7 Division also rescued 150 persons at Kodo on the same day.

Usman added that troops of the 25 Task Force Brigade in clearance operations on Thursday at Galmasku, Muli, Chiralia, Maisani, Talala, Ajigin, Shetimalau, 1 and 2 and Dalomi also rescued 250 civilians held hostage

Story by David Oputah