Nigerian Army captures 167 Boko Haram terrorists

Nigerian Army captures 167 Boko Haram terrorists

Troops of the Nigerian Army under Operation Lafiya Dole have captured 167 Boko Haram terrorists in a two-week offensive launched in the Lake Chad region of Borno State.

Our correspondent learnt that during the operation, the troops also rescued 67 women and 173 children who would be taken to an Internally Displaced Persons camp.

It was gathered that the troops had earlier arrested 53 insurgents in Saada and Juwei areas of northern Borno, before the Lake Chad region’s offensive.

The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations and Theatre Command’s Spokesperson, Col Onyema Nwachukwu, said 15 insurgents also surrendered to the troops in the two weeks.

He said, “The intensified ongoing offensive on Boko Haram enclaves in the islands around the Lake Chad region, which commenced about two weeks ago, was done with coordinated air and artillery bombardment. Ground troops moved in to clear the areas and several insurgents were killed. Also, 167 insurgents who were fleeing from the offensive have been captured by troops.

“We also rescued and profiled 67 women and 173 children who revealed during the profiling exercise that they are family members of the insurgents who fled. Arrangement is ongoing to hand them over to IDPs camp after preliminary investigations are concluded.

“Our heartfelt sympathy and condolences go to families and relations of troops as well as civilians who paid the supreme price in the encounters and callous suicide bomb and Improvised Explosive Device attacks by the terrorists.

“While troops continue relentlessly in the ongoing offensive to decisively rid the north east hinterlands of insurgents, members of the public are implored to be more security conscious and vigilant in their homes, communities, places of worship, markets and other places of business to identify strange persons as well as any suspicious activity and promptly report same to security agencies.”

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