According to official record, about 1,623 Boko Haram captives were rescued by troops of 3 Battalion, 22 Brigade, Nigerian Army, in Jarawa, Kala Balge area of Borno State yesterday.
Acting on a tip-off, the troops assisted by 10 members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), went on the offensive on suspected location of Boko Haram terrorists at Jarawa general area.
According to the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, the troops came under heavy fire at Jarawa village.
Usman said: “The troops responded decisively and went further to clear Deima, Artano, Saduguma, Duve, Bardo, Kala, Bok, Msherde and Ahirde settlements. During the operation, the troops neutralised 21 Boko Haram terrorists, rescued 1,623 residents of Jarawa, who were held captives by the terrorists. They also recovered 3 AK-47 Rifles with registration numbers 565222414, 563729686 and UF 3646, a 36 Hand Grenade, 12 Cutlasses and 4 Motorcycles.”
The army spokesman said the rescued persons have been escorted to IDPs Camp in Rann. All the children, he said, were vaccinated.