By Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri
The Nigerian military has said it has rescued an aged man from the hold of Boko Haram in a crossfire.
A statement by the spokesman of the military counter-insurgency in the North-east (Operation Lafiya Dole), Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, read: â€œTroops of Operation Lafiya Dole have rescued an aged man who was held hostage by elements of Boko Haram terrorist group in the remote village of Gobara in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State.â€
The statement further read: â€œIn a rare display of bravery and humaneness, a Platoon Commander of the 192 Battalion, Lieutenant Asajwun Ahmadu, rescued and personally carried on his shoulders the feeble aged man who had been caught up in the exchange of fire between the troops and the insurgents during an offensive to clear insurgents out of their hideout in Gobara on Friday 11 May 2018. The rescued man is currently receiving medical attention at the 192 Battalion Medical Reception Centre.â€
It also said: â€œDuring the advance to conduct the offensive at Gobara, the counter insurgency troops uncovered and successfully detonated three Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) buried by Boko Haram insurgents along the axis of advance at Damboa bridge, Fadakwe and Fadakwe Christian respectively.
â€œIn the offensive, the gallant troops killed two insurgents and destroyed their camp, logistics and IED factory during the fire fight. The troops also recovered 8 Dane guns, one G3 Magazine, one IED making device, one unexploded ordinance, three tool boxes, three machetes, Length of electric cable and a Boko Haram flag.â€
The statement further revealed that: â€œThe troops have also exploited further to clear Shiyadawe, Shiyadawe Bulama and Shiyadawe Fulani, all in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State.â€