Nigerian Army rescues 16 civilians from Boko Haram captivity

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The Nigerian Army said it has rescued twelve women and four children from Boko Haram captivity in Mafa local government area of Borno state.

Col. Aminu Iliysu, Army Operations Media Coordinator, made this known in Abuja on Thursday, December 5. Iliysu said the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole on Sunday, December 1, had an encounter with the terrorists.

He further explained that after the encounter which lasted for about 40 minutes, the terrorists suffered heavy casualties.

According to him, “During the exploitation, troops recovered three Boko Haram bodies of which two of them were strapped with suicide vests. “Additionally, one Boko Haram criminals’ Gun Truck, one motorcycle, one Anti-Aircraft Gun, one PKT Gun, one Rocket Propelled Gun Tube were captured by the troops.

“Other items that were equally captured by the troops include two Rocket Propelled Gun bombs, two AK 47 Rifles, 25 Rounds of Anti-Aircraft Gun, 723 Rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, 51 Rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition and 52 Rounds of 7.62X54mmR (PKT) ammunition.

“Other recovered items are, surgical kits, Boko Haram terrorist uniforms and warm clothing were also captured by the gallant troops,” he said.

Iliyasu said that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, had commended the troops for their exceptional display of patriotism, professionalism and responsiveness.

“He, however, admonishes them to remain resilient and continue to be steadfast in the fight against criminal elements across the nation,” he said.

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