Boko Haram: Military rescue victims, recover weapons

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At least 84 people have been rescued and heavy military weapons recovered from Boko Haram fighters by Nigerian army in Borno State.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The victims who were held hostage by the insurgents at Camp Zairo were rescued by the troops and have been handed over to the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).

The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Rogers Nicholas, disclosed that some of the women rescued were found to be pregnant while the children among them looked malnourished.

The 84 persons were flown by the Air Component of the Operation Lafiya Dole to Maiduguri, the state capital after being freed from the heavily guarded camp.

Major General Rogers Nicholas, who handed the victims over to SEMA, disclosed that most of the victims are tasting freedom for the first time in about three years after their abduction.

However, the Nigerian Army has revealed another breakthrough recorded during an operation in which a military tank and other weapons were recovered from the Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State.

Some of the repentant terrorists were paraded in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital after they were quizzed by the military.

They were said to have surrendered and turned over their arms and ammunition including RPGs, after which they were taken to Maiduguri for de-radicalization.

Report says more than 2300 fighters have surrendered in the last 13 months following intensive military action and seizure of the Sambisa forest, the main enclave of the insurgents.

Also, more than 25,000 people have been killed in the insurgency since 2009 and at least 2.4 million Nigerians displaced in the northeast states of Adamawa, Yobe, and Borno.

The Army maintained it would conduct more exercises in 2018 to assist civil authorities to deal with internal security challenges in parts of the country.

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