from AHMED OBAFEMI in Maiduguri, Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, (CAJ News) – THE Nigerian Army has rescued 455 civilians held hostage by the Boko Haram terror group northeast of the country.
The hostages were freed after clearance operations in Bok, Misherde, Mika and Kutila in Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State.
Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, Director Army Public Relations, said the rescued people, after thorough screening, have been moved to the Rann Internally Displaced Persons Camp. It is the camp where 115 people were killed in January when an airforce jet dropped bombs mistaking it for Boko Haram meeting point.
Meanwhile, troops carried 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 in Kala Balge.
At the Kutila village, the troops came under heavy attack from the terrorists.
The troops responded by killing an unspecified number of insurgents and routing them out of the area.
Several others escaped into the thick forests with gunshot wounds.
The troops also encountered Boko Haram terrorists at Shirawa. Insurgents fled the firepower of the troops and abandoned the newly constructed logistics base, two freshly prepared suicide bombing vests and maize grinding machine.
Usman welcomed the outcome of the operations.
“In continuation of the clearance operation of suspected hideouts of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in their respective areas of responsibility, the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole Peace by Force have been doing very well.”
– CAJ News