The Nigerian Army has announced that its troops have liberated more than 5,000 people held captives by the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, during an operation over the weekend in Borno state.
This is contained in a statement issued on Sunday by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman.
“Our troops have decisively dealt with the Boko Haram terrorists, particularly hibernating in Sambisa forest, which used to be their stronghold,” the army spokesman, said.
According to the statement, the troops of the 21 Brigade and the Civilian JTF liberated the large number of captives during a fighting patrol at Zangebe, Waiwa, Algati and Mainari villages.
The army also said troops, supported by members of a grassroots security force, conducted raids in 15 villages on Sunday, during which they “killed six Boko Haram terrorists and wounded several others”.
“The troops also liberated over 5,000 persons held hostages by Boko Haram terrorists,” it said.
Usman added that troops of 7 Division Garrison Rapid Deployment Force II, some of elements of Mobile Police Force and Civilian JTF killed two members of the deadly sect during similar clearance operations at Masu Yiwa, Ladin Buta, Bazaka, Kesa Gala, Tabla, Fahinde, Shirori, Gizina, Maska Aribe, Maska and Maska Lawanti villages of Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State.