Troops rescue 998 captives from Boko Haram kill nine terrorists
Boko Haram fighters
Troops from 3 battalion of the Nigerian Army, at the weekend, reportedly rescued 998 captives after a fire-fight with Boko Haram in Borno State that claimed nine fighters of the Islamist group.
The army did not suffer any casualty in the fire-fight which lasted several hours, according to the spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman.
The fire-fight came on a day Governor Darius Ishiaku cried out that Boko Haram fighters fleeing Sambisa forest were relocating to Santai and Bali forests in Taraba State.
The army spokesman also explained that the security service was setting up a unit in Daura, Katsina State, the home town of President Muhammadu Buhari, in fulfilment of its implementation of the Order of Battle 2016 (ORBAT 2016) approved by the Army Council.
According to Usman, the 998 captive were rescued from three locations in Borno as follows: 125 at Ndufu, 802 at Muktu and 71 at Muzuri.
Women and children were said to be among the rescued persons. “Although some of the terrorists fled in various directions on sighting the troops, the patrol team was able to neutralise nine terrorists, destroyed their Implosive Explosive Device (IED) making factory and rescued 998 persons,” he said.
The Director, Army Public Relations said, in a statement, “Interestingly, despite the heat of the battle, the troops also vaccinated all the rescued children under the age of 5 with polio vaccinations.
He went on: “Following confirmed information about the presence of some of Boko Haram terrorists in some villages around Ngala, troops from 3 Battalion, 22 Brigade Nigerian Army, on Friday, May 19, 2017, along with some Civilian JTF members, embarked on fighting patrol to the area.
The patrol team had a fierce encounter with the terrorists at Ndufu which they decisively dealt with before proceeding to clear Muktu, as well as nearby communities within the area.
“Although some of terrorists fled in various directions on sighting the troops, the patrol team was able to neutralise nine terrorists, destroyed their Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making factory and rescued 998 persons.”