Army, JTF rescue 5000 Boko Haram hostages, kill 10 terrorists

– The Nigerian army jointly with the civilian JTF
members rescued up to 5,000 people were rescued
from Boko Haram
– Troops also killed 10 terrorists and wounded several
others in separate clearance operations in the
northeast of the country
– Weapons, ammunition and transport equipment
including motorcycles were recovered from the raided
– One member of the Civilian JTF was killed, another
was sent to hospital along with a policeman and a
soldier who took part in the battles with Boko Haram
Updating the general public on the ongoing military
operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the
acting director on army public relations, issued the
statement on Saturday, June 25:
“Troops of 21 Brigade and Civilian JTF today conducted a
fighting patrol to Zangebe, Maiwa, Algaiti and Mainari
villages in which they killed 6 Boko Haram terrorists and
wounded several others. The troops also liberated over
5,000 persons held hostages by Boko Haram terrorists and
recovered 5 motorcycles and similar number of bicycles.
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Similarly, troops of 7 Division Garrison Rapid Deployment
Force (RDF) II, in conjunction with some of elements of
Mobile Police Force and Civilian JTF today also conducted
Boko Haram terrorists clearance operations at Masu Yiwa,
Ladin Buta, Bazaka, Kesa Gala, Tabla, Fahinde, Shirori,
Gizina, Maska Aribe, Maska and Maska Lawanti villages, all
in Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State.
During the clearance operations, the troops encountered
Boko Haram terrorists at Maska Lawanti in which they killed
2 terrorists and recovered 2 motorcycles.
Unfortunately, we lost 1 Civilian JTF, while a soldier and 1
Mobile Policeman were wounded in action. The body of the
heroic Civilian JTF and the wounded soldier and his police
counterpart have since been evacuated to Maiduguri. While
we commiserate with the families of the departed Civilian
JTF, we wish to state that the wounded are in stable
condition and responding to treatment.
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Northern part
In a related development, troops of 192 Battalion, 26 Task
Force Brigade and some vigilantes alos embarked on
fighting patrol along Kusarha-Zalidava general area today.
The patrol team encountered some elements of Boko
Haram around Zalidava-Weige villages in which they killed
2 Boko Haram terrorists and recovered 1 General Purpose
Machine Gun (GPMG) with registration number FN 132125,
a belt of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition containing 42 rounds.
Sadly, one of the vigilantes sustained an injury on his eye.
However, he is getting better.
Thank you for kind cooperation.”