Women and children locked up by Boko Haram freed in Gwoza


Nigerian troops in cordon and search operations have rescues scores of elderly persons and women locked up following the recapture of Gwoza, Borno State from Boko Haram terrorists.

According to a statement by the defence headquarters, the freed hostages, some of whom are so weak are being given medical attention while others are also receiving necessary care pending the arrival and activities of aid agencies.

“Some of them are also providing useful information for the intelligence in aid of troops operations in the area.”

A bomb making factory has also been discovered by the troops. “The facility which is being used for the manufacture of various calibres of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) is still being carefully evacuated of dangerous materials.

“Massive destruction of infrastructure and property including blowing up bridges and burnt houses including Emir’s Palace have also been noticeable.

“Troops are also carefully removing land mines placed in various parts of the town.

“In Bama also in Borno State, troops on routine patrol in the suburbs of the town this morning recovered a large number of rifles and various arms believed to have been abandoned by terrorists who fled the area when troops were advancing to flush them of the town recently.

“Bama was liberated by troops on 16 March 2015 and troops have since been dominating the town with aggressive patrols to defend it against any further terrorists activities.”