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Boko Haram: Nigerian troops storm Sambisa forest, rescue 19 women, 27 children

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•Destroys terrorists’ gun trucks
Jude Johnson

The Nigerian troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have sustained the clearance operation against all known hideouts of Boko Haram terrorists within the large expanse of Sambisa forest as part of the ongoing Operation DEEP PUNCH II.

To this end, the troops rescued 46 people including 19 women and 27 children in the operation.

The Sambisa forest, which is the epicentre of the terrorists activities in Borno State and parts of the North East, have witnessed constant and increased military operations in the last three years now.

According to the Deputy Director Public Relations, Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, “the location was also believed to be one of their prized location.

“It is in this vein that they dislodged Boko Haram terrorists from one of their highly fortified hide outs at around S-Shape part of the Sambisa forest.”

However, Nwachukwu said, during a fierce offensive which was supported by Nigerian Air Force, against the terrorists on Monday February 12, 2018, the resilient troops neutralized quite a number of Boko Haram terrorists and captured major armaments, including 2 Spartan Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC), 1 Canter truck and 1 Laptop computer belonging to the insurgents.

He said the troops also destroyed 8 Gun trucks, several makeshift accommodation and tents.

Nigerian troops for the umpteenth time storms Sambisa forest for clearance operations against Boko Haram terrorists
Nigerian troops recovered 8 Boko Haram gun trucks in Sambisa

“Similarly, the troops rescued 19 women and 27 children from the erstwhile terrorists enclave,” he said.

Nwachukwu also assured that “the highly motivated troops remain dauntless as the operation continues.


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