The Nigerian Army said last night that its troops rescued a total of 80 hostages mostly women and children held captive by Boko Haram terrorists in Garere village in Borno State in an operation which resulted in the death of 42 insurgents and large scale number of arms and ammunition recovered.
In a statement signed by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, “Following confirmed intelligence report on the convergence and massing up of dislodged Boko Haram terrorists at Garere village in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State, with intent of carrying out attack on some isolated communities, troops on fighting and clearance patrol Codenamed “Operation TIGER CLAW” on Tuesday 19th July 2016 swooped on the terrorists.
“During the ensuing operation, 42 Boko Haram terrorists were killed, while unconfirmed number of the insurgents escaped with gunshot wounds.
“Similarly, 38 women and 42 children held captives were rescued from the insurgents. The women and children were taken to the military medical facility in Baga for checks. They were further assisted with food and clothing.
The statement added that, “The patrol team also recovered 504 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, 162 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, 1 Land Cruiser Jeep, 34 Jerry cans of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and Automated Gas Oil (AGO), while 55 Motorcycles were demobilized during the operation.
“The troops have continued to intensify vigilance and maintained high level of alertness. They are making concerted efforts to clear the remnants of the terrorists in their area of responsibilities.
The statement further explained that: “In a related development, suspected elements of Boko Haram terrorists at the early hours of Wednesday, attacked Bakin Dutse community in which they killed one person and injured 4 other persons.
“Unfortunately, they took to their heels on arrival of troops. The troops have continued to patrol the general area with the hope of finding and apprehending the attackers.
“Similarly, troops on routine patrol in order to secure and make Kumshe-Banki road open, were ambushed by 4 suspected Boko Haram terrorists.
“The troops engaged them and 3 of them died as a result of gunshot wounds. The lone survivor is currently being interrogated. It is heart-warming to state that he has been making very useful statements that are very revealing,” it added.