from AHMED OBAFEMI in Maiduguri, Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, (CAJ News) – THE Nigerian Army has rescued more than 40 women and children held captive by the Boko Haram at a forest northeast of the country.
Some 19 women and 27 minors have been liberated from the Sambisa forest feared as a stronghold for the terrorists.
An unspecified number of suspected terrorists were killed during the breakthrough by the regiment of the Operation Lafiya Dole (Peace by Force) this week.
The Nigerian Air Force provided support.
Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, Deputy Director Public Relations Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, said the troops shot dead some Boko Haram terrorists and captured major armaments, including a truck and a laptop.
They destroyed gun trucks, several makeshift accommodation and tents.
“The highly motivated troops remain dauntless as the operation continues,” Nwachukwu said.
It is feared the Boko Haram is using Sambisa forest, located about 60 kilometres southeast of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, to hide thousands of civilians kidnapped over the past decade.
During the period, the Islamic militants have killed an estimated 100 000 people and displaced more than 2 million others.
The terrorists are involved in a brutal campaign to overthrow the government and establish a Muslim state in Africa’s biggest country by population (over 190 million people).
– CAJ News