Dozens of women, children rescued from Boko Haram
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.