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Army arrests 75 terrorists, rescues 47 in Borno, Katsina cops free five girls

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Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole and the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) have arrested 75 terrorists and rescued 147 captives in Monguno, Kukawa and Guzamala council areas of Borno State.

According to the Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, in a statement yesterday in Maiduguri, the operations were conducted between December 27 and 28, 2019.

He broke down the figure to include 79 males and 68 women, adding that the soldiers conveyed the freed persons to a humanitarian facility in Monguno before handing them over to officials of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).

Also yesterday, the Katsina Police Command freed five teenage girls abducted by suspected bandits at Mata-Mulki village in Batsari Local Council of the state.

The force’s spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, confirmed the release.

He said a distress call was received at about 12.30 p.m. that “unrepentant bandits in their numbers and armed with AK47 rifles had kidnapped some women working inside a farm at Mata-Mulki village of Batsari LGA of Katsina State.”

Isah added: “Operation Puff Adder led by the DPO of Batsari swiftly moved into the area. The team gave the hoodlums a hot chase into the forest and engaged them in a gun duel.

“Consequently, the bandits abandoned the victims and ran into the forest. And the team succeeded in rescuing one Zahara’u Abdullahi, aged 16 years and four other young women all of Mata-Mulki village of Batsari LGA of Katsina State.”

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