Monday, April 4, 2016 7:58 pm
*275 people living under Boko Haram bondage also freed
By Kazeem Ugbodaga
The Nigerian Army claims it has rescued 275 persons held hostage by the Boko Haram terrorists, just as the troops in another theatre of war destroyed an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making factory , killed 15 terrorists and captured some weapons.
Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations gave this update in a statement today.
One of the rescued women gave birth to a baby boy shortly after her liberation. Both mother and the child were doing fine, Usman said.
He said the troops had continued with their clearance operations to other suspected hideouts of the Boko Haram terrorists in their areas of operations.
The statement added that troops of 152 Task Force Battalion in conjunction with troops of Sector 1 of Multinational Joint Task Force on Sunday carried out clearance operation in suspected hideouts of Boko Haram terrorists around Madawaya general area.
“The troops cleared terrorists in Madawaya, Jere, Kardile, Koujili, Ngenere and Maksamari, as well as Douse, Bembem, Zombulum and Taraji villages. In addition, they recovered several vehicles and motorcycles.
“They also discovered and destroyed the Boko Haram terrorists’ IED making factory at Bula Umara and killed 15 terrorists in the same area. In addition, the troops recovered an AK-47 rifle, 4 fully loaded magazines with 7.62mm ammunitions, 2 power generating sets, welding machines, assorted batteries and solar panels.
“Other items recovered include drums of beans and other grains as well as Bandolier. The gallant soldiers also rescued 275 persons held hostage by the Boko Haram terrorists,” the statement said.