Nigerian Military Rescues 275 Hostages From Boko Haram Enclaves


EVERLY HILLS, April 04, (THEWILL) – The Nigerian military has revealed that it has rescued about 275 hostages and dislodged a number of Boko Haram remnants from their enclaves in parts of Borno State.

This was disclosed in a statement signed on Monday by the Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, who disclosed that the military recorded many successes at different operational areas in Borno state.

He revealed that the troops, in the latest offensive, also killed 15 terrorists, arrested six others and recovered several items and weapon making materials including drums of beans and other grains as well as Bandolier.

He said that the troops of 152 Task Force Battalion in conjunction with troops of Sector 1 of Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF), on Sunday, carried out clearance operation in suspected terrorist hideouts.

The troops, he noted, cleared terrorists in Madawaya, Jere, Kardile, Koujili, Ngenere and Maksamari, as well as Douse, Bembem, Zombulum and Taraji villages and cleared Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making factory, killed 15 terrorists and captured some weapons. In addition, he said, they recovered several vehicles and motorcycles.

“They also discovered and destroyed the Boko Haram terrorists' IED making factory at Bula Umara and killed 15 terrorists in the same area. In addition, the troops recovered an AK-47 rifle, four fully loaded magazines with 7.62mm ammunitions, two power generating sets, welding machines, assorted batteries and solar panels,” he stated.

“The gallant soldiers also rescued 275 persons held hostage by the Boko Haram terrorists. One interesting thing is that, one of the rescued persons gave birth to baby boy shortly after their liberation. Both mother and the child are doing fine.

“The troops have continued with their clearance operations to other suspected hideouts of the Boko Haram terrorists in their areas of operations,” he said.

Story by David Oputah