The Nigerian Army said on Sunday that troops deployed to Gwoza local government area of Borno State have subdued Boko Haram terrorists and rescued an Octogenarian, three women and four children held captives by the insurgents.
The rescued victims, according to a statement issued in Abuja by the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, have been evacuated while the children among them were equally administered with polio vaccination by a Nigerian Army medical team.
He said no causality was recorded by the troops during the commando operations, adding that many of the Boko Haram fighters fled with gunshot wounds towards the Mandara Mountains.
He said: “The troops’ resilience and doggedness are unwavering as further exploitation to complete the annihilation of the insurgents is being sustained in the mountainous environment.
“The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, wishes to reassure the public of the resolve of the Nigerian Army to continue to execute our constitutional mandate professionally and responsively for a better secured Nigeria.
“He also thanks all well-meaning Nigerians for their continued support, goodwill and understanding towards officers and men of the Nigerian Army as they sustain the conduct of various operations and routine exercises nationwide.”
Iliyasu said the troops had continued to sustain the tempo of the counter-insurgency operations in the North East with a view to decimating and destroying the remnant of Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP) criminals.
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