Friday, November 13, 2015 3:01 am
In an update issued by Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the army reported the successes of troops belonging to 25 Task Force Brigades and 26 Task Force Brigades in various parts of Borno state.
Nigerian troops killed four suspected Boko Haram suspects and set free 61 people, mainly women and children, held by the jihadist group.
In an operation, troops under air cover cleared Boko Haram camps “and in the process rescued 61 persons abducted and held captive by the Boko Haram terrorists,” the army said in a statement.
“The rescued persons were mainly women and children,” the military said, adding that troops also “killed four terrorists and arrested one.”
“In 25 Task Force Brigades area of responsibility, the troops were able to clear Boko Haram terrorists camps at Nwalemer, Mallemiri and Bale. Similarly in Gwoza axis, troops of 26 Task Force Brigade have also destroyed terrorists camps in Tripkwopta and Gidan Gachi yesterday. The troops however encountered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) buried along their route of advance near Balazalla Dure that partially affected one of the leading vehicles. The troops also encountered an abandoned truck loaded with IEDs at Uvole village, which was blown up by them.
“Also, with close air support by the Nigerian Air Force, troops of 28 Task Force Brigade advancing along Bitta and Damboa axis cleared Boko Haram terrorists camps at Modupe 1, 2 and 3 and in the process rescued 61 persons abducted earlier and held captives by the Boko Haram terrorists. The rescued persons were mainly women and children and have since been evacuated. The troops also recovered 2 Dane guns in the area after an encounter with the terrorists at Langaran Fulani and also killed 4 terrorists, arrested one.
“The public are hereby reassured that the Nigerian Army remains committed to its obligation to Nigerians. This is being demonstrated daily by the personal presence of the army leadership with the forward troops.
“It is reinforced by the manifest desire and zeal of the rank and file down to the last rifle man to discharge their responsibility for the restoration and maintenance of peace as well as the safeguarding of the safety and security of the citizenry in the North East.”