According to the ongoing reports, Nigerian Army on Sunday said its troops have rescued 149 persons in the ongoing clearance operation that was carried against remnants of Boko Haram insurgents at Yerimari-Kura community in Sambisa axis.
The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Onyeama Nwachukwu, stated this in a statement that the troops have killed five insurgents and also abducted five others during the encounter.
“Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have continued to make progress in clearance operations to smoke out Boko Haram insurgents who escaped from their previous stronghold in the Sambisa Forest.
“On Saturday, the troops made further operational exploit into Boko Haram’s hideout at Yerimari-Kura, in a deliberate operation to extricate and rescue hostages held by the insurgents in their hideout.
“In the encounter, troops killed three Boko Haram insurgents and captured five,” he said, adding that the troops also destroyed insurgents’ logistics in the operation.
Mr. Nwachukwu, a colonel, has explained that the rescued persons who included 54 women and 95 children, noting that they were being profiled and also receiving medical treatment at the 21 Brigade Medical Centre Premium Times reported.
According to Mr. Nwachukwu, the troops have also killed two suicide bombers at Mandanari community in Konduga, Borno, when they had attempted to infiltrate the community on April 7.
Mr. Nwachukwu revealed that the suicide bombers were strapped with Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) vests, trying to sneak into the community at around 8:00 pm on Saturday.
“The suicide bombers were sighted by vigilant troops who challenged them from a safe distance. The patrol engaged them as they refused to halt and ran towards the community, detonating their IEDs.
“Only the suicide bombers were killed in the incident, while three persons who sustained minor injuries were receiving medical attention.”