By Longtong Ibrahim
Troops of 112 Task Force Battalion, 22 Task Force Brigade of the Nigeria Army has liberated 455 persons held hostage by the Boko Haram terrorists in Bok, Misherde, Mika and Kutila in Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State in North-eastern Nigeria.
This was achieved in the Army’s continuing effort to clear suspected hideouts of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in the North-eastern region affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.
Spokesperson of the Nigeria Army, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, noted that the rescued persons after thorough screening have been moved to Rann Internally Displaced Persons camp.
He explained that the troops recovered 1 Gun truck, 1 Canter vehicle and 1 pick up from the terrorists.
According to him, “Troops of 112 Task Force Battalion, 22 Task Force Brigade, today carried out a major offensive against suspected hideouts of Boko Haram terrorists at Artano, Saduguma, Duve, Bordo, Kala, Bok, Magan, Misherde, Ahisari, Gilgil, Mika, Hiwa, Kutila and Shirawa settlements in Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State.
“At the Kutila village, the troops came under heavy attack from the terrorists. The troops responded and dealt with the Boko Haram terrorists by neutralizing and routing them out of the area. Several others escaped into the thick forest with gunshot wounds.
“The troops also encountered Boko Haram terrorists at Shirawa who withdrew in disarray when they could not withstand the firepower of the troops and abandoned the newly constructed Logistics Base, two freshly prepared suicide bombing vests and maize grinding machine,” Usman said in a statement.”