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MNJTF Rescue 12 Hostages from Boko Haram Captivity in Lake Chad

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

The troops of Sector 2, Multinational Joint Taskforce (MNJTF) have rescued 12 hostages comprising women and children from Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists at the fringes of Lake Chad.

According to a statement issued on Saturday by Col. Muhammad Dole, Chief of Military Public Information, MNJTF, the hostages were rescued after the troops laid ambush against the insurgents at a vantage location near Barkalam.

Dole disclosed that the troops were acting on credible information on the intended relocation of the insurgents to another location.

He stated that 3 canoes were capsized leading to the death and arrest of some terrorists, while others sustained various degree of injuries, during the offensive operation.

“Aftermath of the encounter, 12 hostages were successfully rescued from the BHT/ISWAP captivity. The rescued persons comprise of one male adult, three women and eight children.

“In line with its policy of safe transfer of surrendered insurgents and rescued hostages, the Headquarters, MNJTF used Helicopter to facilitate their movement from Baga Sola to N’Djamena Chad”, the statement read.

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Dole informed that the rescued hostages were moved to a military medical facility for further examinations and medication and thereafter reunite them with their families.

While receiving the rescued persons at Air Force Base, the Chadian Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), Lieutenant General Abakar Abdelkarim Daoud reiterated the absolute commitment and determination of the National and MNJTF forces to combat the menace of the terrorists in the Lake Chad Basin.

Daoud urged the troops to remain focus and resolute to rid off insurgency, so as to restore normal socioeconomic activities in the region.

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