Troops Rescue 1,623 Persons, Kill 21 Suspected Terrorists
They were held by their captives for an unknown number of days. They claim they finally received their freedom after the military came to their rescue.
At least 1,623 captives allegedly held by remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in the northeastern part of Nigeria have been moved to IDP camps.
They were freed on Monday by troops on clearance operations at Jarawa village in Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State.
In the operation, 21 suspected terrorists and members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect were killed.
A statement by the army spokesman, Brigadier-General Sani Usman, said the troops also recovered 3 AK-47 Rifles with registration numbers 565222414, 563729686 and UF 3646, a 36 hand grenade, 12 cutlasses and four motorcycles.
“The rescued persons have been escorted to Rann Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp, while all the children were vaccinated," Usman said.
Brigadier-General Usman did not state what the vaccine was for, but meningitis is currently ravaging some states in the north. At least 300 persons have have died since the outbreak of the disease.
In the clearance operations, the troops of 3 Battalion, 22 Brigade also cleared terrorists from Deima, Artano, Saduguma, Duve, Bardo, Kala, Bok, Msherde and Ahirde settlements, based on tip off.
“One significant aspect of this operation is that the unit noted for its experience in battle, resilience and bravery did not record any casualty,” the army spokesman said.
Boko Haram has in the last seven years pushed for an Islamic caliphate in the region and have said they wanted an end to Western education.
Heightened counter terrorism operations have decimated the group, with troops driving them away from their bastion in Sambisa Forest.
They have resorted to carrying out attacks on soft targets with suicide bombers.
Meanwhile, the increase in the number of refugees is posing more challenge to agencies that are handing out food to internally displaced persons camps within the region, with the World Food Programme asking for more funding to enable it provide for displaced persons who now have to cut rations to survive.
Lack of nutritious food, according to UNICEF, has caused acute malnutrition, with over 100,000 children, pregnant and nursing mothers at risk of death.