The Nigerian troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, have rescued 605 people held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists fleeing from their Sambisa forest enclave. These terrorists remnant hideouts has come under heavy bombardment since the military lacked Operation Rescue Finale, to free the whole of North East from terrorism.
The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj-Gen. Leo Irabor, disclosed this at Wednesday’s briefing in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state.
Irabor gave a breakdown of the freed hostages including 69 male adults, 180 females, 227 male children and 129 female children.
He said that they were all rescued between December 7 and December 14, 2016.
He said: “The victims are in our custody for further investigation and interrogation.
“Many areas have been cleared, while many hostages have been set free and scores of insurgents killed in different patrols conducted by Nigerian troops across the region.”
The Nigerian military has over past months, launched several operations to eliminate the terrorist threat from their northeast region stronghold, including Operations Crackdown, Gama Aiki and Rescue Finale amongst others.