Army Troops Rescue Octogenarian, Others From Boko Haram Terrorists

The Nigerian Army said on Sunday that its troops deployed at Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno has rescued an Octogenarian, three women and four children held captives by the Boko Haram terrorists.

The Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, made this known in a statement in Abuja.

According to him, the rescued victims were evacuated while the children among them were equally administered with Polio Vaccination by a Nigerian Army medical team.

He said there were no causalities on the side of the military during rescue operations.

However, he said many of the Boko Haram terrorists fled towards the summit of Mandara Mountains with gunshot wounds.

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The statement read: “The troops’ resilience and doggedness are unwavering as further exploitation to complete the annihilation of the insurgents is being sustained in the mountainous environment.

“The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, wishes to reassure the public of the resolve of the Nigerian Army to continue to execute our constitutional mandate professionally and responsively for a better secured Nigeria.

“He also thanks all well-meaning Nigerians for their continued support, goodwill and understanding towards officers and men of the Nigerian Army as they sustain the conduct of various operations and routine exercises nationwide.”

Iliyasu further disclosed that the army troops had continued to sustain the tempo of the counter-insurgency operations in the North East with a view to decimating and destroying the remnant of Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP) criminals.