Troops raid remnants of Boko Haram camps in Bama; kill three terrorists, free 8 abducted persons

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Troops of the 26 Battalion, 151 Task Force Battalion, 155 Task Force Battalion and those of 21 Brigade carried out a joint clearance operations to destroy the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists camps in the early hours of Thursday in several villages of Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.

The villages include Kircha Goniye, Wujjah Alkelu, Kita Jiddum, Jameri, Geri Gana, Gere Kura and Jabe.

Other villages cleared by the troops were Hasana Jere and Chachile.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Army Spokesperson, Col. Sani Usman on Thursday, where he added that during the operation, troops came in contact with elements of the terrorists group which left 2 members of the terrorists group dead.

The army Spokesperson said the troops further recovered 5 Dane guns, 2 mobile telephone handsets, 3 Boko Haram terrorists’ flags and a Generator as well as several vehicles.
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In a related development, according to Sani, troops of 22 Brigade Garrison on blocking position also encountered a convoy of Boko Haram terrorists on motorcycles the same day and killed one Boko Haram terrorist and recovered 3 motorcycles, 1 bag containing cash sum of Four Hundred and Sixty Six Thousand Naira (N466,000.00).

Sani said the troops, in addition, rescued 8 abducted persons made up of 2 women, 2 female teenagers, 3 male children and a minor who unfortunately sustained injury and is receiving treatment at the unit’s medical facility.

He disclosed that information gathered from the rescued persons revealed that they were abducted from Ngoshe Bara village, Gwoza Local Government Area by the Boko Haram terrorists and taken to Sambisa forest in 2015 and married off to Boko Haram terrorists group fighters.

He said the rescued persons were, however, relocated to Lake Chad general area prior to their rescue by troops.

Sani revealed that one of the women, Fatima Mohammed already a mother of 2 children, lamented that her husband, Mallam Mustapha, a retired District Court Judge in Gwoza, was killed by the terrorists before her abduction.

He said the rescued persons were going through further screening to ascertain their status.

Also, Sani in the statement said as part of their contribution to the well-being of the Internally Displaced Persons, that the 22 Brigade Field Ambulance has been carrying out medical outreach at the Dikwa Internally Displaced Persons Camp in which quite a number of persons benefitted from the exercise where they were diagnosed and treated for various ailments most of which ranged from various degrees of body wounds to trauma.

The spokesman noted that some elements of Boko Haram made an attempt to attack 122 Task Force Battalion location at Yamteke from Galthani and Balangaje general area which was successfully repelled and some of the attackers killed.

He further hinted that troops of 117 Task Force Battalion of 28 Task Force Brigade conveyed 40 Internally Displaced Persons from Madagali to Burnt Bricks IDP camp for proper rehabilitation after thorough screening and profiling.

He said in the early hours of Wednesday, troops of 114 Task Force Battalion, intercepted and rescued another 15 IDPs suspected to have come from Madube. The IDPs Comprised 7 women and 8 children. All the rescued are being screened and profiled.

Relatively, the 7 Division Garrison in conjunction with troops of 111 Special Forces Battalion and the Civilian JTF have been performing guard and escort duties of civilian vehicles plying from Maiduguri to Damboa noting that this is in line with the ongoing efforts of reopening and securing Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu road for innocent citizens and commuters.

He noted that no fewer than 300 vehicles were escorted on daily basis by the units, adding that the units and the supporting elements of the Civilian JTF also escorts Non-Governmental Organizations to various parts of Borno State to provide humanitarian assistance to the Internally Displaced Persons.

He revealed that the troops also received 134 Internally Displaced Persons from Abadam which comprised of 38 male adults, 34 women and 62 children had arrived Njimtilo checkpoint at the outskirt of Maiduguri, adding that the IDPs were thoroughly screened by the combined team of the Military Intelligence, Department of State Services, the Police and the Civilian JTF and were later taken an IDPs camp for proper management and rehabilitation.

He said the Nigerian Air Force have also continued to provide air reconnaissance and airlift of Commanders to visit troops.

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