Over 27 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists killed, six female hostages rescued

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Over 27 Boko Haram insurgents and Islamic State of West Africa Province members have been killed by Multinational Joint Task Force troops on the outskirts of the Lake Chad basin in Nigeria, Niger Republic, and Cameroon.

This was contained in a statement on Wednesday by the Chief of Military Public Information Headquarters, MNJTF, Colonel Muhammad Dole.

According to Colonel Muhammad Dole, spokesman for the Multinational Joint Task Force, roughly 20 terrorists were neutralized by the Air Task Force, which targeted intelligence-driven targets in the vicinity of Tumbun Fulani and Tumbun Rago and engaged them by utilizing numerous flights.

Similarly, Sector 4 of the MNJTF Nigerian forces deployed around the axis of Ngagam—Kabalewa and N’guigmi engaged a group of fleeing terrorists, neutralised five BHT/ISWAP insurgents, destroyed two gun trucks, and also recovered a large stock of arms and ammunition.

However, during the battle, a soldier paid the supreme sacrifice and a few others were wounded in action. The wounded soldiers are currently receiving treatment at a military hospital.

Also, in another encounter, troops from Sector One in Cameroun neutralised two Boko Haram criminals within the vicinity of Toumbuma, Kerenua, and Chikingudu.

At the end of the earlier battle engagement around Tunbun Fulani and Tunbun Rago, the troops rescued six female hostages who were found traumatized and were taken to a safe location by soldiers. From October 2020 until April 2021, the military continued Operation Lake Sanity at Forward Operations Base Arege, rescuing several hostages taken by militants in Adamawa, Borno, Gombe, and Yobe states.

The rescued women were later moved to Maiduguri for further processing and handover to the civil authorities before they could re-join their families.

An investigation carried out revealed that the rescued victims who hailed from Adamawa, Borno, Gombe, and Yobe states were kidnapped at different places and times by the evil and criminally minded BHTs/ISWAP ranging from October 2020 to April 2021.

Details of some of the rescued hostages are as follows:

Grace Daniel, age 38, was kidnapped at Mainok along Maiduguri Road on December 18, 2020.

Susan Lazarus, aged 28 years, was kidnapped at Kupre Hong LGA Adamawa on April 9, 2021.

Jumai Inuwa, aged 42, was kidnapped along the Damaturu–Maiduguri highway on October 19, 2020.

Maria Adamu, aged 27 years, was kidnapped in Gulak, Adamawa state on December 6, 2020.

Martha Malu, aged 25 years, was kidnapped at Damboa Road on December 1, 2020.

Malakalya Dambade, aged 37, was kidnapped at Mainok along the Maiduguri highway on February 25, 2021.

The insurgents’ will and fighting spirit have been cooled by the continuous intensive clearing missions into the terrorists’ hideouts. 
Raids, intentional attacks, ambushes, and air operations are putting significant pressure on the insurgents, pushing them to retreat and allowing hostages to flee. 

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