Nigerian Army troops have reported to rescue at least 53 people who were held captive by Boko Haram and killed two terrorists, according to a press release issued by the military.
While on a mission to secure the road linking Izge and Bitta, troops from the 114 Task Force Battalion of 28 Task Force Brigade rescued 43 individuals who escaped from a Boko Haram compound. The troops took the former captives to the Battalion Headquarters, where they are currently being screened.
In a similar development, troops from the 22 Brigade Garrison rescued 14 internally displaced persons (IPDs) who were coming from Chingowa Village en route to Dikwa. The IDPs were screened by the troops and members of the Civilian Joint Task Force before being handed over to the Dikwa IDP coordinator for further screening, registration, and rehabilitation.
Troops from the 115 Task Force Battalion of the 28 Task Force Brigade also patrolled the communities of Pegana, Joma, Wambiyar, Dille, Pumpum, Zah, Miya and Pugula and “cleared them of Boko Haram terrorists,” according to the press release.
Yesterday, operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) arrested a Boko Haram terrorist named Garba Thlama Mussa, who is currently being interrogated. According to the press release, he will be handed over to the Joint Intelligence Committee after interrogation.
Two Boko Haram terrorists were killed by troops of the 3 Battalion of 22 Brigade while patrolling the villages of Diema, Tatakura and Kala.
In another development, an administrative patrol was ambushed roughly 12 kilometers outside of Gwoza. Three soldiers and 13 civilians were wounded and have since been evacuated to the 21 Brigade Medical Reception Station. The victims are all in stable condition and are recovering well, according to the press statement.