Troops of 151 Task Force Battalion, 21 Brigade, on Sunday, during a mop up operation on the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in some parts of Borno State slaughtered about 25 members of the ferocious death cult.
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A statement issued by the spokesperson of the Nigerian Army, Col Sani Usman, stated that about 18 villagers held hostage by the sect members were rescued by the troops.
The statement reads, “Troops of 151 Task Force Battalion, 21 Brigade have also cleared remnants of Boko Haram terrorists from three villages in Iza general area, killing 25 Boko Haram terrorists and recovered some weapons.”
“The cleared villages were Mballeri, Shuari 1 and Shuari 2.
“In addition, the troops also rescued 18 persons held captive by the terrorists. They comprised of 2 men, 7 women and 9 children. The rescued persons have been moved to the Brigade’s headquarters for further screening and care.
“Unfortunately, one Civilian JTF accompanying the troops fell off a vehicle and sustained some injuries. He has, however, since been evacuated to the unit’s Regimental Aid Post for medical treatment and he is in a stable condition.”
Similarly, troops of 114 Task Force Battalion and 28 Task Force Brigade, in collaboration with some vigilantes, on Sunday carried out clearance operation along Bita-Madube Ciki-Njubul axis.
It was gathered that two soldiers stepped on a buried Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that left one of them seriously injured.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson for the Army said that four terrorists were killed, while 2 vehicles and 2 motorcycles belonging to the terrorists were destroyed.
Colonel Usman also disclosed that troops recovered 2 cylinders, 1 AK-47 rifle, 3 boxes of 7.62mm (special) ammunition, 2 bicycles and bags of grains.
The troops also rescued 54 persons held hostage by the Boko Haram.
Usman added that the released hostages were being screened while the wounded soldiers had since been evacuated for proper medical care.