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Cameroon, Nigeria forces rescue 53 hostages

Some combined troops of the Cameroonian Defence Forces and Operation Lafiya Dole on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, rescued four men, 33…

Some combined troops of the Cameroonian Defence Forces and Operation Lafiya Dole on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, rescued four men, 33 women and 16 children from Boko Haram hideouts in Borno state.

Troops killed 15 terrorists in Gomaran village of Southern Lake Chad Basin whilst conducting operations to clear remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in the Lake Chad Islands and surrounding villages of northern Borno state. In two other separate encounters, four other terrorists belonging to the group were ambushed and killed while fleeing from troops.

According to a statement by the Deputy Director of Public Relations, Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, troops also recovered one single barrel gun, one Dane gun and one locally made pistol, as well as other items such as four motorcycles, motorcycle spare parts, two tricycles, six pumping machines, and two power generating sets.

The statement read, “Combined troops of Operation Lafiya Dole and the Cameroonian Defence Forces have killed 15 Boko Haram insurgents in separate encounters in Southern Lake Chad Basin.

“Troops neutralised the insurgents whilst conducting operations to clear remnants of Boko Haram insurgents in the Lake Chad Islands and surrounding villages of northern Borno yesterday.

“Troops dislodged the insurgents from their hideout after a fierce battle, killing 11 insurgents in Gomaran village of Southern Lake Chad Basin.

“In two other separate encounters with the fleeing insurgents in Firgi and Moula, both in Bama and Dikwa Local Governments Areas of Borno State, troops also ambushed and neutralised 4 Boko Haram insurgents who were fleeing troops ‘ onslaught in the northern fringes.

“The clearance operations also led to the recovery of one Single Barrel Gun, one Dane gun and one locally made pistol. Other items recovered from the dislodged insurgents include 4 Motorcycles, motorcycle spare parts, 2 tricycles, 6 pumping machines, and 2 power generating sets. Additionally, the valiant troops captured 2 Boko Haram flags, a pair of Camouflage uniform, a pair of combat boots, a Camera, a bag of mechanical tools and medications.

“Four men, 33 women and 16 children were rescued by the troops from the insurgents’ hideouts.”

According to news reports, the rescued hostages are currently being profiled before they are handed over to officials of the Internally Displaced Persons camp for documentation and administering.

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