The Nigerian army, on Wednesday, killed 5 Boko Haram terrorists and rescued 210 civilians held captive by the terrorist.
The Boko Haram fighters were killed in Furkati village, Geidam Local Government Area, Yobe state.
A statement issued by the acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said the Nigerian troops responded to a tip off of how Boko Haram terrorists’ besieged Ejilije, Bulagaije-lari, Bulagaije-Adamde and Ajiri villages, holding the inhabitants captives, adding that the terrorists fled the areas before the arrival of the soldiers.
Col. Usman said, “The team found and rescued 210 persons, comprising of mostly elderly men, women and children who have been safely evacuated to an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp.
“The rescued persons said that they were brought there by the terrorists from various villages to be used as human shield in case if advancing troops of the Nigerian Army came to attack the Boko Haram terrorists.
The statement noted that among items recovered from the raid were 4 AK-47 rifles, guns, and explosive devices.
“The troops also recovered 1 Machine Gun barrel, 4 loaded magazines of G3 rifles, 4 Dane guns and some quantities of 7.62mm ammunitions, as well as empty canisters of Mortar bombs and a bandoleer.
The gallant soldiers have continued their advance, raids and patrols to further deny the Boko Haram terrorists freedom of action,” the statement added.