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Troops further clear Sambisa forest, recover tanks and free 46 hostages

 

The Nigerian Military has continued their clearance operation combing all hideouts of Boko Haram terrorists in the large expanse of Sambisa forest.

The Operation Deep Punch II at previous operations has successfully neutralised many boko haram terrorists, rescued hostages, destroyed boko haram bomb making-factory recovered weapons, and killed many of the terrorists in the process.

The Deputy Director Public Relations of Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu in a statement on Tuesday, February 13 said that the troops have successfully dislodged Boko Haram terrorists from one of their highly fortified hideout called Sabil Huda.

This hideout is said to be around the S-Shape part of the Sambisa forest. The location is also believed to be one of their prized locations. The operation was supported by Nigerian Air Force

“During a fierce offensive which was supported by Nigerian Air Force, against the terrorists on Monday 12th February 2018, the resilient troops neutralised quite a number of Boko Haram terrorists and captured major armaments, including two Spartan Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC), one Canter truck and one Laptop computer belonging to the insurgents,” Nwachukwu said in the statement.

The troops also destroyed eight gun trucks. Several makeshift accommodation and tents were also destroyed with children and women held hostage rescued.

Nwachukwu said 19 women and 27 children were rescued from the erstwhile terrorist’s enclave.

He concluded that the highly motivated troops remain dauntless and the Operation Deep Punch II continues.

Part of the recent success recorded by the troops includes the destruction of Boko Haram Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making-factory on Wednesday, February 7. Several terrorists were killed in the process.

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