2 June 2016
Troops of the 25, 81 and 251 Brigades and Battalions of the Nigerian Army, have reportedly killed five Boko Haram terrorists and arrested one spy in a clearance operation.
The operation which was carried out in Bitta-Damboa, Sambisa forest, resulted in the rescue of 248 hostages, the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, revealed on Wednesday in Maiduguri, Borno state, Nigeria.
Col. Sani Usman stated that among the rescued 248 people were people found in clearance along Gwoza hills and 15 other villages located on the fringes of Sambisa forest.
During the clearance and rescue operations that lasted two days, troops of 7 Division Garrison also combed through 15 villages in Jere and Konduga council areas of Borno State for remnants of the terrorists.
According to Col. Usman: “The troops also received 79 persons who claimed to have been kept captives by Boko Haram terrorists at Ngwalimiri village, but escaped from their locations.
“They comprised of 12 men, 24 women, 31 children and 12 infants. They are undergoing preliminary investigations and screening to determine their status before onward movement to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp for rehabilitation.”
Col. Usman, also noted that troops of 28 Task Force Brigade cleared Bulajani, Mulgwo and Muotu villages.
“During the encounter at Moutu, specifically, a soldier sustained an injury on the forehead, while a few others escaped with gunshot wounds. The troops recovered three locally made guns.”