The Nigerian Army said on Friday that it has rescued 61 captives from the Boko Haram militant sect.
The army said in a Facebook post that the rescue operation was carried out after it discovered and destroyed the terrorists’ camps in Nwalemer, Mallemiri and Bale in Borno State.
It said, “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 captive by the terrorists.
“The rescued persons were mainly women and children and have since been evacuated. The troops also recovered two Dane guns in the area after an encounter with the terrorists at Langaran Fulani, where it killed four terrorists and arrested one.”
The operation also led to the recovery of some of the sect’s weapons, including guns and Improvised Explosive Devices.
It said, “The fight against Boko Haram terrorists is maintaining its momentum with the discovery and destruction of terrorists’ camps, weapons and equipment, while the terrorists have been fleeing, and abandoning their bases.
“Troops were able to clear Boko Haram camps at Nwalemer, Mallemiri and Bale. Similarly, in Gwoza axis, troops of 26 Task Force Brigade have also destroyed the terrorists’ camps in Tripkwopta and Gidan Gachi.
“The troops discovered Improvised Explosive Devices buried along their route of advance near Balazalla Dure that partially affected one of the leading vehicles. They also encountered an abandoned truck loaded with IEDs at Uvole village, which was blown up.”
The army also commended the support of the Nigerian Air Force in the carrying out of the operations and assured Nigerians that onslaught against the insurgents would continue until the terrorists were all flushed out of their camps.
It said, “The public are hereby reassured that the military remains committed to its obligation to Nigerians in the area of restoring peace and security in the North East. Nigerians are hereby advised to go about their legitimate duties and show understanding for security checks and procedures put in place to frustrate the evil intents of the terrorists.”
The army also said it repelled an attack from Boko Haram militants in Gwoza, Borno State, in the early hours of Friday.
It added that in the two-hour fight, which started around 5am, seven Boko Haram members were killed and their weapons recovered.
“The desperate attack today (Friday) was a failed attempt to project an image of strength,” the army stated.