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Army rescues 149 Boko Haram captives in Yerimari (photos)

The army on Sunday rescued 54 women and 95 children held hostage by insurgents in Yerimari, Kura, Borno state.

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Troops destroyed several logistics belonging to the insurgents, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director Public Relations of Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, said in a statement.

Troops during an operational exploit into Boko Haram hideout in Yerimari attempted a deliberate rescue operation to extricate and rescue hostages held by insurgents in the hideout.

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Three Boko Haram insurgents were killed and five captured in the operation.

Nwachukwu said that the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have made progress in the  clearance operations to smoke out Boko Haram insurgents who had escaped from their previous stronghold in the Sambisa forest.

He said, “The rescued hostages are currently receiving medical attention at the 21 Brigade Medical Center and will be profiled after the medical screening session”.

The statement reads in part, “in a separate counter terrorism operation yesterday troops of Operation Lafiya Dole on patrol in Konduga intercepted and neutralised two suicide bombers, who attempted infiltrating Mandanari Community in Konduga, Borno State.

” The two suicide bombers strapped with suicide vests were sneaking into the community at about 8.00 pm, when they were sighted by vigilant troops, who challenged them from a safe distance.

“The patrol engaged them as they refused halting and ran towards the community, detonating their suicide vests. Only the suicide bombers died in the incident, while three persons who sustained minor injuries have received medical attention


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