Nigeria: 46 more captives rescued in offensive against boko haram
By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
London, Feb. 13, 2018 (AltAfrika)-No less than 46 more captives 19 women and 27 children – have been set free during the latest offensive carried out by the Nigerian troops against the dreaded insurgents popularly known as boko haram.
The troops also destroyed another fortress of the fearful militants in Borno state, in the north eastern axis of the country.
This was contained in a statement from the defense ministry issued on Tuesday.
“(Troops) dislodged Boko Haram terrorists from one of their highly fortified hideouts at around S-Shape part of the Sambisa forest. The location was also believed to be one of their prized locations,” the statement informed.
“The gallant troops also destroyed 8 Gun trucks, several makeshift accommodation and tents. Similarly, the troops rescued 19 women and 27 children from the erstwhile terrorist’s enclave,” it added.
The statement further said that several militants were also killed while major armaments, including 2 Spartan Armored Personnel Carriers (APC), 1 Canter truck and 1 laptop computer belonging to the insurgents, were also destroyed.
It is worrisome to note that despite repeated declaration of victory over the militants, Nigerian troops are still engaged in gun duels with the insurgents in parts of the northeast. The government recently sought parliamentary approval to spend $1bn to finally crush the insurgency that has raged since 2009, taking the lives of over 20,000 people and displacing millions.
Hundreds are also believed to be trapped with the insurgents. Last Saturday, government announced the release of three university lecturers and 10 women abducted last year after militants attacked a security convoy in which they were traveling.