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In continuation of the battle to clear Boko Haram terrorists from the North East by December, troops of the Nigerian Army backed by Nigerian Air Force fighter aircraft have successfully raided several camps belonging to the terrorists’ rescuing 338 abductees’ including men, women and children.
During the encounter leading to the rescue of the abductees and clearing the camps, 34 terrorists’ were killed at the camps located at the fringes of Sambisa Forest.
Military authorities confirmed that the among the 338 rescued persons held captive by the terrorists were 8 males, 138 females and 192 children. They have since been evacuated to Mubi for profiling as well as for medical administration.
Giving further details of the operation, the Army headquarters in a statement signed by Colonel Sani Usman said, “Troops of 28 Task Force Brigade Nigerian Army deployed at Bitta and Pridang carried out a successful raid on suspected Boko Haram terrorists camps at Bulajilin and Manawashe villages along Bita and Damboa road at the fringes of Sambisa forest on Tuesday.
“The troops were able to killed 30 Boko Haram terrorists.
“The unit also rescued 338 persons that were held captive by the terrorists in the enclaves. The rescued persons which comprised of male 8, female 138 and children 192, have since been evacuated to Mubi.
“Troops also recovered arms and ammunitions during the raid operation which include 1 General Purpose Machine Gun and 2 Dane Guns, 150 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO), 6 boxes of 7.62mm (NATO) and 3 cutlasses.
“In a related development, troops based on a tip off, ambushed and killed 4 suspected Boko Haram terrorists on a suicide bombing mission to Gubula, Madagali Local Government Area, Adamawa State.
“Apart from 2 AK-47 rifles recovered, the troops also recovered some Unexploded Ordinances (UXOs), mortar bombs and cash sum of N153, 385k was retrieved.
“It is worthy to note that the raid operation on the Boko Haram Terrorists enclave coincided with the Chief of Army Staff’s operational visit to the Brigade Headquarters in Mubi.
“The successful clearance operations and ambushing of the terrorists has further degraded them and saved the lives of so many innocent victims of their suicide bombings.
Continuing Usman said, “Having appealed and given the terrorists final warning, we would like to state that from now on troops within bounds of respect for human rights and rules of engagement, we shall continue to decisively deal with Boko Haram terrorists until they are defeated.
“Therefore, we are appealing for continued vigilance, security consciousness and above all cooperation with the military and security agencies to enable us successfully defeat the terrorists.”
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