THE Nigerian Army said yesterday that 1,890 Boko Haram hostages, including women and children, were rescued in the last two weeks by troops fighting insurgency in the Northeast.
This was contained in a statement issued by Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, who added that the hostages were rescued in different locations in Borno, following massive mop up operations conducted by different units in the state.
According to the statement, some of those rescued include 800 Nigerians, who had initially crossed to Cameroun but were brought back to Banki town in Nigeria by troops of the 21 Brigade on Thursday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted the statement as saying: “Troops of 121 Task Force conducted joint patrols with Camerounian forces at Mararraba, Angwan Fada, Dale and Wizha Bokko Timit, Bokko Nasanu and Bokko Hidde, up to Ngoshe, in which they rescued 17 women and 28 children.
“Similarly, troops of 7 Division Garrison carried out joint operations with 112 Battalion, Army Headquarters Support Group and Armed Forces Special Forces at Gajibo, Maula, Gamai, Gamare, Maiwa, Warsale, Tangli, Tushi, Sowa, Hasanari, Changuwa, Malamaja, and Marya in Dikwa and Mafa Councils and rescued 350 people, including five Camerounian girls.
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