As part of ensuring the total defeat of Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria’s north east region, the Nigerian Army said it carried out clearance operations of suspected hideouts Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State, liberating 455 persons held hostage.
A statement by Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, Director Army Public Relations, said the rescued persons were moved to the Rann Internally Displaced Persons camp after thorough screening.
The statement praised troops of 112 Task Force Battalion, 22 Task Force Brigade of its Operation Lafiya Dole for carrying “out a major offensive against suspected hideouts of Boko Haram terrorists at Artano, Saduguma, Duve, Bordo, Kala, Bok, Magan, Misherde, Ahisari, Gilgil, Mika, Hiwa, Kutila and Shirawa settlements.
“At the Kutila village, the troops came under heavy attack from the terrorists.
“The troops responded and dealt with the Boko Haram terrorists by neutralizing and routing them out of the area, (while) several others escaped into the thick forest with gunshot wounds.”
In the process, a gun truck, Canter vehicle pick-up van each were recovered from the terrorists, while those encountered at Shirawa, the Army said, “withdrew in disarray when they could not withstand the firepower of the troops and abandoned the newly constructed Logistics Base, two freshly prepared suicide bombing vests and maize grinding machine.
The gallant soldiers proceeded further to clear Bok, Misherde, Mika and Kutila also in Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State, where they set the 455 persons free.