Army rescues 80 Boko Haram victims
The Nigerian Army said last night that its troops on fighting patrols and clearance operations, rescued a total of 80 hostages mostly women and children who had been held captive for several months by Boko Haram terrorists in Garere village in Borno State.
During the operations to rescue the hostages, aljazirahnews learnt that scores of the terrorists were killed and large scale number of arms and ammunition recovered.
A statement detailing the operations, signed by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations said, “Following confirmed intelligence report on the convergence and massing up of dislodged Boko Haram terrorists at Garere village in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State, with intent of carrying out attack on some isolated communities, troops on fighting and clearance patrol Codenamed “Operation TIGER CLAW” on Tuesday 19th July 2016 swooped on the terrorists.
“During the ensuing operation, 42 Boko Haram terrorists were killed, while unconfirmed number of the insurgents escaped with gunshot wounds. “Similarly, 38 women and 42 children held captives were rescued from the insurgents. The women and children were taken to the military medical facility in Baga for checks. They were further assisted with food and clothing.
“The patrol team also recovered 504 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, 162 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, 1 Land Cruiser Jeep, 34 Jerry cans of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and Automated Gas Oil (AGO), while 55 Motorcycles were demobilized during the operation. “The troops have continued to intensify vigilance and maintained high level of alertness. They are making concerted efforts to clear the remnants of the terrorists in their area of responsibilities.
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