NEWS Troops res­cue 338 cap­tives, kill 30 ter­ror­ists

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ron­ald Mu­tum

The Nige­rian army yes­ter­day said troops of the 28 Task Force Brigade de­ployed at Bitta and Pri­dang have res­cued 338 cap­tives and killed 30 ter­ror­ists in raids in ter­ror­ists’ camps in the North East.

A state­ment by army spokesman Colonel Sani Us­man said the troops de­ployed at Bitta and Pri­dang car­ried out a suc­cess­ful raid on sus­pected Boko Haram ter­ror­ists’ camps at Bu­la­jilin and Manawashe vil­lages along Bita and Dam­boa road at the fringes of Sam­bisa for­est on Tues­day.

He added that the troops were able to kill 30 Boko Haram ter­ror­ists.

“The unit also res­cued 338 per­sons that were held cap­tive by the ter­ror­ists in the en­claves. The res­cued per­sons which com­prised of male 8, fe­male 138 and chil­dren 192, have since been evac­u­ated to Mubi,” Us­man said.

He fur­ther said troops also re­cov­ered arms and am­mu­ni­tions dur­ing the raid op­er­a­tion which in­clude 1 Gen­eral Pur­pose Ma­chine Gun and 2 Dane Guns, 150 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO), 6 boxes of 7.62mm (NATO) and 3 cut­lasses.

Us­man also said in a re­lated de­vel­op­ment troops based on a tip off, am­bushed and killed 4 sus­pected Boko Haram ter­ror­ists on a sui­cide bomb­ing mis­sion to Gubula, Mada­gali Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area, Adamawa State.

He added that: “It is wor­thy to note that the raid op­er­a­tion on the Boko Haram Ter­ror­ists en­clave co­in­cided with the Chief of Army Staff’s op­er­a­tional visit to the Brigade Head­quar­ters in Mubi.

“Hav­ing ap­pealed and given the ter­ror­ists fi­nal warn­ing, we would like to state that from now on troops within bounds of re­spect for hu­man rights and rules of en­gage­ment, we shall con­tinue to de­ci­sively deal with Boko Haram ter­ror­ists un­til they are de­feated.

“There­fore, we are ap­peal­ing for con­tin­ued vig­i­lance, se­cu­rity con­scious­ness and above all co­op­er­a­tion with the mil­i­tary and se­cu­rity agen­cies to en­able us suc­cess­fully de­feat the ter­ror­ists,” the army state­ment said.

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