Nigerian troops have Liberated 85 Boko Haram hostages

By Dave Okonjie |

LONDON, UK– Reports from Nigeria say troops in Nigeria’s Borno state have liberated 85 people held hostage by terror group Boko Haram, the army discloses on Wednesday.

Sani Usman, the army spokesman, said the hostages were rescued late Tuesday during a military operation in the northeastern state.

According to the government spokesman, the hostages were released as troops launched an offensive on Boko Haram hideouts in four villages in Ngala local area.

The Nigeria troops have also destroyed a Boko Haram logistics base and a workshop in two of the villages, he said.

The military operation was aimed at routing the terrorists from their stronghold in Borno.

Nigeria has made a considerable gain on the Boko Haram front, with its security forces operating in the restive northeastern region dislodging Boko Haram fighters from the Sambisa Forest, the group’s largest training camp in the country.

Boko Haram has been blamed for the deaths of more than 20,000 people and displacing of 2.3 million others in Nigeria since 2009.

In a related development, Nigerian troops have also killed 11 Boko Haram fighters in operation

aimed at routing the terrorists from their stronghold in the country’s northeastern state of Borno, according to military sources.

Sani Usman, the Nigerian army spokesman said the troops also destroyed a bomb-making factory operated by the terrorists in Ngala local area of Borno.

International security analysts say Nigeria has made a substantial gain on the Boko Haram front in many areas.

Authorities say the country’s security forces have dislodged Boko Haram fighters from the Sambisa Forest, the group’s largest training camp in the country.

Boko Haram, a northern-based terrorist group has been impugned for the killings of more than 20,000 people and the displacement of 2.3 million others in Nigeria since 2009.

Source: GA

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