- Troops under the Operation Lafiya Dole carried out the successful attack on the Boko Haram insurgents
- Sani Usman, the army spokesperson, said the sodliers rescued 212 hostages after the successful confrontation
- He also said one of the commanders of the sect was arrested
Nigerian soldiers have again recorded a major success in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents with the arrest of one of the top commanders of the terrorist group.
The soldiers also succeeded in rescuing 212 hostages and killed four terrorists as they fled after sighting the advancing troops.
Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, the director of army public relations, said the feat was recorded in Borno by troops of 3 battalion, 22 brigade Nigerian army, sector 1, Operation Lafiya Dole.
“During the operation, they were able to clear Boko Haram terrorists from their hideouts located at Kala, Jawara, Mada, Mika, Gakulba and Kutilax (Sanga), northern fringes of Sambisa forest and fringes of Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno state.
At Sanga, the terrorists, on sighting the approaching troops from their observation post, dashed into the adjoining Amchada forest.
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“The relentless troops pursued them further and neutralized four Boko Haram terrorists after a serious exchange of gun fire, captured one of the terrorists commanders, the ‘Ameer’ of of Chawa, Amman Judee, alive and rescued 212 persons held hostage by the terrorists.
“The captured terrorist leader is undergoing further interrogation while the rescued persons are being documented and the under-aged children were administered oral polio vaccines,” the statement said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported how the Chief of Army Staff (CoAS), General Tukur Buratai, on Tuesday, November 28, decorated the 44 newly-promoted major-generals.
In his speech at the event, General Buratai stated that the choice of the venue for the investiture is predicated on the need to boost the morale of troops in Operation Lafiya Dole and for the newly decorated officers to celebrate their elevation with the people of the northeast, “who enjoy normalcy today as a result of the fruit of your service.”
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