No fewer than 1,623 people held captive by Boko Haram have been rescued by the troop of 3 Batallion, 22 Brigade Nigerian Army on Operation Lafiya Dole.
According to a statement released by Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Sani Usman, the successful rescue operation was helped by information they received from members of the civilian JTF.
“The troops then embarked on offensive on suspected location of Boko Haram terrorists at Jarawa general area, Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State.
“They came under heavy fire at Jarawa village and responded decisively. Then they proceeded to clear Deima, Artano, Saduguma, Duve, Bardo, Kala, Bok, Msherde and Ahirde settlements.
“During the operation, the troops neutralized 21 Boko Haram terrorists, rescued 1,623 residents of Jarawa who were held captives by the terrorists.
“They also recovered three AK-47 Rifles with registration numbers 565222414, 563729686 and UF 3646, a 36 Hand Grenade, 12 Cutlasses and four motorcycles,” the statement added.
The rescued persons have been escorted to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp in Rann and all the children were vaccinated.
The statement added: “One significant aspect of this operation is that the unit noted for its experience in battle, resilience and bravery did not record any casualty.”