Clearance of Boko Haram insurgents in northeast Nigeria is still ongoing with the military killing at least three members of the terrorist group. 

The Nigerian Army on Sunday said its troops that killed the insurgents also rescued 149 persons in the ongoing clearance operation at Yerimari-Kura community in Sambisa Forest axis.

A statement by the spokesman for the army, Col. Onyeama Nwachukwu, said the troops killed three insurgents and captured five others in the encounter.

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“Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have continued to make progress in clearance operations to smoke out Boko Haram insurgents who escaped from their previous stronghold in the Sambisa Forest.

“On Saturday, the troops made further operational exploit into Boko Haram’s hideout at Yerimari-Kura, in a deliberate operation to extricate and rescue hostages held by the insurgents in their hideout.

“In the encounter, troops killed three Boko Haram insurgents and captured five,” he said, adding that the troops also destroyed insurgents’ logistics in the operation.

Nwachukwu explained that the rescued persons include: 54 women and 95 children, noting that they were being profiled and receiving medical attention at the 21 Brigade Medical Centre.

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This comes days after a $1 billion insurgency funds approved by President Muhammadu Buhari triggered diverse reactions, with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party saying the approval did not follow due process. 

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