Troops of the Nigerian Army on clearance operations at Jarawa village in Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno, killed about 21 fighters of the notorious Boko Haram group in a fierce battle.
This is just as the troops rescued 1,623 captives held by remnants of Islamic death cult, a statement issued by the army spokesperson, Sani Usman, said on Monday.
In the statement, Usman, a brigadier general, said the troops also recovered 3 AK-47 Rifles with registration numbers 565222414, 563729686 and UF 3646, a 36 hand grenade, 12 cutlasses and four motorcycles.
“The rescued persons have been escorted to Rann Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp, while all the children were vaccinated,” Mr. Usman said.
He said the troops of 3 Battalion, 22 Brigade also cleared terrorists from Deima, Artano, Saduguma, Duve, Bardo, Kala, Bok, Msherde and Ahirde settlements, based on tip off.
“One significant aspect of this operation is that the unit noted for its experience in battle, resilience and bravery did not record any casualty,” the army spokesman said.
Boko Haram, in its attempt to establish an Islamic caliphate in Northern Nigeria, has killed over 20,000 people with more than two million others displaced during a seven-year insurgency.