Troops res­cue 161, kill B’haram in­sur­gents, ar­rest 84

The Punch - - NEWS - Ade­lani Ade­pegba, Abuja

THE Nige­rian Army has said its troops killed many Boko Haram/is­lamic State in West African Prov­ince in­sur­gents dur­ing var­i­ous op­er­a­tions in the North-east.

The op­er­a­tives also ar­rested 84 sus­pected ter­ror­ists and res­cued 161 men, women, and chil­dren from cap­tiv­ity in Borno State.

The Nige­rian Army Op­er­a­tions me­dia Co­or­di­na­tor, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, in a state­ment in Abuja on Thurs­day, said the op­er­a­tions were car­ried out in con­junc­tion with the troops of the multi­na­tional Joint Task Force.

Iliyasu said the troops of the Nige­rian Army Su­per Camp 7 de­ployed in the Bama area of the state killed one ter­ror­ist, cap­tured one alive and res­cued eight women and six chil­dren at Tafana 1, 2 and 3 vil­lages in Bama on De­cem­ber 27, 2019.

He said, “The troops cap­tured Boko Haram flags, re­cov­ered 16 ar­rows and 32 re­filled rounds of 7.62mm spe­cial am­mu­ni­tion dur­ing the en­counter.

“They also ar­rested 75 sus­pected Boko Haram agents and res­cued 147 civil­ians, com­pris­ing 79 males and 68 fe­males, who had been un­der the cap­tiv­ity of the ter­ror­ists.”

Illyasu said the res­cued civil­ians were con­veyed to a hu­man­i­tar­ian fa­cil­ity in monguno and handed over to the of­fi­cials of the Borno State Emer­gency man­age­ment Agency.

The state­ment fur­ther dis­closed that the troops of 25 Task Force Bri­gade ar­rested a high pro­file Boko Haram in­for­mant/lo­gis­tics sup­plier, Ibrahim Buba, and two oth­ers sus­pected to be his couri­ers at Shuwari vil­lage in Dam­boa Dis­trict.

The troops of 242 Bat­tal­ion in monguno sim­i­larly ar­rested sus­pected ter­ror­ists’ lo­gis­tics sup­pli­ers, Abubakar Aisami and modu Baba, with food­stuffs, and drugs con­cealed in a bag of corn powder for de­liv­ery to the ter­ror­ists.

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