Nigeria frees total of 197 Boko Haram hostages as clearance ops continue

– Nigerian troops have carried out clearance operations to destroy remnants of Boko Haram terrorist camps and enclaves in several villages in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State, All Africa reports.

To this end, the security forces have rescued over 197 hostages and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in parts of the North-east.

The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, in a statement said that villages including Kircha Goniye, Wujjah Alkelu, Kita Jiddum, Jameri, Geri Gana, Gere Kura, Jabe and others cleared by the troops were Hasana Jere and Chachile.

During the operation, Usman said, the nation’s troops came in contact with elements of the terrorists group during which two of the terrorists were killed.

He said that the troops further recovered five Dane guns, two mobile telephone handsets, three Boko Haram terrorists flags and a power generator as well as several vehicles.

In a related development, he said, the troops also encountered a convoy of Boko Haram terrorists on motorcycles same day in which they killed one Boko Haram terrorist and recovered three motorcycles, a bag containing cash sum of Four Hundred and Sixty Six Thousand Naira (N466,000.00), around $2300, All Africa says.

In addition, he said, the troops rescued eight abducted persons made up of two women, two female teenagers, three male children and a minor who unfortunately sustained injury and is receiving treatment at the unit’s medical facility.