Dozens of women, chil­dren res­cued from Boko Haram

African Times - - International/africa - AHMED OBAFEMI

THE Nige­rian mil­i­tary has res­cued 95 women and 45 chil­dren dur­ing week­end op­er­a­tions against the Boko Haram ter­ror­ists north­east of the coun­try.

Troops killed three sus­pected ter­ror­ists dur­ing com­bat at the mil­i­tants’ pre­vi­ous strong­hold in the Sam­bisa for­est in Borno State.

Sol­diers also de­stroyed lo­gis­tics be­long­ing to the in­sur­gents dur­ing the army’s Oper­a­tion Lafiya Dole (Peace by Force).

Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, Deputy Di­rec­tor Pub­lic Re­la­tions of the oper­a­tion, said the res­cued hostages were re­ceiv­ing med­i­cal at­ten­tion at a mil­i­tary health cen­tre in the Borno cap­i­tal Maiduguri and would be pro­filed af­ter the med­i­cal screen­ing ses­sion.

In a sep­a­rate counter-ter­ror­ism oper­a­tion, troops on pa­trol in Kon­duga, also in Borno, have in­ter­cepted and killed two sui­cide bombers who at­tempted to in­fil­trate a lo­cal community.

“The sui­cide bombers strapped with sui­cide vests were sneak­ing into the community when they were sighted by vig­i­lant troops, who chal­lenged them from a safe dis­tance,” Nwachukwu said.

He said only the sui­cide bombers died in the in­ci­dent, while three per­sons who sus­tained mi­nor in­juries have re­ceived med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

The Boko Haram is en­gaged in a vi­o­lent cam­paign to over­throw the gov­ern­ment and es­tab­lish an Is­lamic state.

More than 20 000 civil­ians have been killed although it is es­ti­mated the death toll could be five times higher.

Over 2 mil­lion have been dis­placed from their homes since the in­sur­gency be­gan in 2009.

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