Jubilation as Nigeria army captures 167 Boko Haram terrorists, rescue 240 victims

Jubilation as Nigeria army captures 167 Boko Haram terrorists, rescue 240 victims

- The Nigerian army has captured 167 Boko Haram terrorists in Borno state

- The army also rescued 240 victims - 67 women and 173 men - of terrorism

- Army said its troops will continue relentlessly in the ongoing offensive to decisively rid the north east hinterlands of insurgents

The Nigerian army on Friday, December 15, said it captured 167 Boko Haram terrorists in a two-week offensive launched in the Lake Chad region of Borno state.

The army said its troops under the Operation Lafiya Doyle mission also rescued 240 victims - 67 women and 173 men - of terrorism.

Punch reports that the rescued victims would taken to an internally displaced persons camp in the area.

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In his reaction, the director of army public relations and theatre command's spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu, said an addition 15 terrorists surrendered to the troops within the two weeks.

Nwachukwu, a colonel said, the intensified ongoing offensive on Boko Haram enclaves was done with coordinated air and artillery bombardment.

He said the ground troops moved in to clear the areas and several insurgents were killed.

Nwachukwu said: "Also, 167 insurgents who were fleeing from the offensive have been captured by troops.

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“We also rescued and profiled 67 women and 173 children who revealed during the profiling exercise that they are family members of the insurgents who fled.

Arrangement is ongoing to hand them over to IDPs camp after preliminary investigations are concluded.

“Our heartfelt sympathy and condolences go to families and relations of troops as well as civilians who paid the supreme price in the encounters and callous explosives and Improvised Explosive Device attacks by the terrorists.

“While troops continue relentlessly in the ongoing offensive to decisively rid the north east hinterlands of insurgents, members of the public are implored to be more security conscious and vigilant in their homes, communities, places of worship, markets and other places of business to identify strange persons as well as any suspicious activity and promptly report same to security agencies," Nwachukwu noted.

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NAIJ.com earlier reported that a soldier, John Godwin, was on Friday, December 16, sentenced to death by a military court martial.

Godwin, a lance corporal was accused of shooting and killing five rescued victims of Boko Haram insurgency.

Others soldiers tried alongside Godwin bagged jail terms for various offences including manslaughterr and illegal possession of firearms.

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Source: Naija.ng

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