The Nigerian Army has said that it has rescued 195 persons held hostage by members of the Boko Haram sect in Borno state.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, in a statement on Thursday said that the soldiers also recovered 300 cows, 200 sheep and 130 goats stolen by the insurgents.
The statement read, “The Nigerian troops of 7 Division Garrison comprising 112 Battalion and Armed Forces Special Forces yesterday carried out a joint clearance patrol on suspected Boko Haram terrorists locations at Kwaptara, Mijigete, Garin Boka, Mosole, Ngubdori, Ma’asa, Dukje and Gulumba in Dikwa and Bama Local Government Areas of Borno State.
“The troops discovered Boko Haram terrorists camp, patent medicine outfit and major market at Gulumba.
“Quite a number of Boko Haram terrorists were killed and several items were recovered. This includes two logistic trucks, 180 motorcycles, 750 bicycles and various perishable and non-perishable items such as a 100 KVA Mikano generator and grinding machine.
“In addition, they also rescued 195 persons held hostage, recovered 300 cows, 200 sheep and 130 goats rustled by the insurgents.
“The troops also recovered military items such as camouflage uniforms as well as rifle magazines and grenades.”
The spokesman said that the successes recorded against the terrorists were made possible by the cooperation from the civil populace who volunteered information.
He commended Borno people for cooperating with the armed forces in their bid to flush out the remnants of the insurgents from the North-East and other parts of the country.