The Nigerian Army says troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole have killed 14 Boko Haram insurgents and rescued 21 persons who were abducted by them (Boko Haram) in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Texas Chukwu, that the hostages were rescued on Thursday when the military raided a hideout of the insurgents.
“Troops of 192 Battalion of 26 Task Force Brigade of Operation Lafiya Dole alongside Civilian Joint Task Force neutralised 14 Boko Haram terrorists in a village suspected to harbour terrorists that ambushed a civilian vehicle in Pulka on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.
“The troops attained the feat on Thursday 6th September 2018 during an early hours clearance operation to Amdaga Madachi village in Gwoza Local Government Area in Borno State suspected to harbour the terrorists,” the statement read in part.
Chukwu further stated that the 21 civilians rescued included six women, 11 children and four men, some of whom have been taken to a military hospital for treatment.
“The Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division Brigadier General Abdulmalik Bulama Biu, through the Commander of 26 Task Force Brigade Brigadier General Dahiru, has commended the troops for their gallantry, urging them to maintain the momentum by taking out all Boko Haram Terrorists within the Division Area of Responsibility,” he added.
The rescue of the hostages comes a day after the Senator representing Southern Borno at the National Assembly, Ali Ndume, demanded action and lamented over continued attacks by Boko Haram insurgents in the state.
Ndume told journalists on Thursday that the spate of attacks carried out by the terrorists in the last two months is worrisome.