No fewer than 338 people held by Boko Haram have been rescued by the Nigerian Army troops at fringes of Sambisa forest, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director Army Public Relations has said.
Usman, who disclosed the development in a statement on Wednesday, said that the troop also killed over 30 Boko Haram terrorists during the operation.
He said that the troop 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, killing 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.
During the raid operation, arms and ammunitions were also recovered, 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.
Based on a tip off, the troop had in a related development, 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.
The raid operation on the Boko Haram terrorists enclave is said to have 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.