Nigerian Army headquarters Abuja has confirmed that its troops at the warzone in North-East region have killed scores of suspected Boko Haram terrorists and rescued 225 hostages in 13 villages in Bama and a village in Abadam Local Government Areas of Borno state.
The army said the development is due to the ongoing clearance operations across the North East as more Boko Haram hideouts are being cleared during the joint operations conducted between last Wednesday and yesterday.
Amy spokesman, Col. Sani Usman said the latest successes were recorded by troops comprising elements of 7 Division, Armed Forces Special Forces Battalion and supported by aerial reconnaissance and surveillance by the Nigerian Air Force.
He said, “Troops of 26 Battalion, 151 Task Force Battalion, 155 Task Force Battalion and some elements of 21 Brigade have carried out a joint clearance operations. The operations were aimed to destroy remnants of Boko Haram terrorists’ camps and enclaves in the early hours of today in several villages in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.
“The villages include Kircha Goniye, Wujjah Alkelu, Kita Jiddum, Jameri, Geri Gana, Gere Kura and Jabe. Other villages cleared by the troops were Hasana Jere and Chachile and many others in Abadam Local Government Area. The rescued hostages comprised women and children who have been screened and transported to the various Internally Displaced Persons camps across the state.
Usman said troops recovered N466,000 cash, different cache of arms and ammunition, and other items in the last 48 hours of clearance operations in Borno alone, adding that troops of 22 Brigade Garrison, on blocking position, encountered a convoy of Boko Haram terrorists on motorcycles, killed one of them and recovered a bag containing the N466,000.
He added that troops of 111 Special Forces Battalion and the Civilian JTF have continued to secure the reopened Maiduguri-Damboa road to ease movement of motorists along the axis.
According to Usman, no fewer than 300 vehicles are escorted daily by the units on the Maiduguri-Damboa road.

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