Troops Clear Boko Haram Enclaves, Rescue 197 IDPs

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•Kills 3 terrorists

Senator Iroegbu in Abuja

The troops of 26 Battalion, 151 Task Force Battalion, 155 Task Force Battalion and some elements of 21 Brigade, Nigerian Army, have carried out a joint clearance operation to destroy remnants of Boko Haram terrorists camps and enclaves in the early hours of Thursday in several villages in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.

In the process, the security forces have rescued over 197 hostages and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in parts of the North East.

The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, in a statement on Thursday, said that villages included Kircha Goniye, Wujjah Alkelu, Kita Jiddum, Jameri, Geri Gana, Gere Kura, Jabe while others cleared by the troops were Hasana Jere and Chachile.

During the operation, Usman said, the troops came in contact with elements of the terrorist group during which two of the terrorists were killed.

He said that the troops further recovered five Dane guns, two mobile telephone handsets, three Boko Haram terrorists’ flags and a generator as well as several vehicles.

In a related development, he said, troops of 22 Brigade Garrison on blocking position also encountered a convoy of Boko Haram terrorists on motorcycles the same day during which they killed one Boko Haram terrorist and recovered three motorcycles, a bag containing cash sum of N466,000.00