The Nigerian Army on Sunday said its troops rescued 149 persons in the ongoing clearance operation against remnants of Boko Haram insurgents at Yerimari-Kura community in Sambisa axis.
Col. Onyeama Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, said in a statement that the troops killed five insurgents and captured five others in the encounter.
“Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have continued to make progress in clearance operations to smoke out Boko Haram insurgents who had escaped from their previous stronghold in the Sambisa forest.
“Yesterday Saturday, the valiant troops made further operational exploit into Boko Haram hideout in Yerimari Kura, in a deliberate Rescue Operation to extricate and rescue hostages held by insurgents in the hideout.
“In the encounter, troops killed three Boko Haram insurgents and captured five. Fifty four women and 95 children held hostage by the insurgents were rescued by the gallant troops. Troops also destroyed several logistics belonging to the insurgents.
“The rescued hostages are currently receiving medical attention at the 21 Brigade Medical Center and will be profiled after the medical screening session.
“In a separate counter terrorism operation on Saturday 7 April 2018, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole on patrol in Konduga have intercepted and neutralised two suicide bombers, who attempted infiltrating Mandanari Community in Konduga, Borno State.
“The two suicide bombers strapped with suicide vests were sneaking into the community at about 8.00 pm, when they were sighted by vigilant troops, who challenged them from a safe distance.
“The patrol engaged them as they refused halting and ran towards the community, detonating their suicide vests. Only the suicide bombers died in the incident, while three persons who sustained minor injuries have received medical attention.”