The Nigeria troops have rescued 195 persons held captive by Boko Haram, army spokesman, Sani Usman said in a statement on Thursday, February 18.
He said the rescue was made possible through the renewed cooperation and support of the public who provided timely information to the troops.
“The Nigerian troops of seven division garrison comprising 112 battalion and armed forces special forces yesterday carried out a joint clearance patrol on suspected Boko Haram terrorists locations at Kwaptara, Mijigete, Garin Boka, Mosole, Ngubdori, Ma’asa, Dukje and Gulumba in Dikwa and Bama local government areas of Borno state,” Usman said.
The statement reads: “The troops discovered Boko Haram terrorists’ camp, patent medicine outfit and major market at Gulumba. Quite a number of Boko Haram terrorists were killed and several items were recovered. These include two logistic trucks, 180 motorcycles, 750 bicycles and various perishable and non-perishable items such as a 100 KVA Mikano generator and grinding machine.
“In addition, they also rescued 195 persons held hostage, recovered 300 cows, 200 sheep and 130 goats rustled by the insurgents. The troops also recovered military items such as camouflage uniforms as well as rifle magazines and grenades.
“Consequently, we would like to thank all those good citizens who provide the timely information and enjoin all to see the fight against Boko Haram terrorists as a collective responsibility to enable us clear the remnants of the insurgents in the north east and other parts of the country.”
Yesterday, February 17, a team of military personnel from the United States had begun a training exercise on counter-terrorism operations for about 750 Nigerian soldiers, as part of the US commitment to support Nigeria in defeating Boko Haram.