Soldiers of the Nigerian Army say they have rescued 1,623 people who were being held captive by Boko Haram terrorists.
The captives were rescued on Monday, April 17, from Jarawa in the Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State. This was disclosed through a statement released by Sani Usman, Director, Army Public Relations, on Tuesday, April 18.
The statement reads: “While advancing, the troops came under heavy fire at Jarawa village and responded decisively. They went further to clear Deima, Artano, Saduguma, Duve, Bardo, Kala, Bok, Msherde and Ahirde settlements.”
“During the operation, the troops neutralized 21 Boko Haram terrorists, rescued 1,623 residents of Jarawa who were held captives by these terrorists. They also recovered three AK-47 Rifles with registration numbers 565222414, 563729686 and UF 3646, a 36 Hand Grenade, 12 Cutlasses and four motorcycles.
“The rescued persons have been escorted to Rann Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp, while all the children were vaccinated. One significant aspect of this operation is that the unit noted for its experience in battle, resilience and bravery did not record any casualty.”
The rescue operation was carried out by troops attached to the 3 Battalion, 22 Brigade along with ten members of the civilian JTF.