Nigerian troops have freed hundreds of hostages held by
the militant Islamist group Boko Haram in recent counter-
terrorism efforts in Nigeria’s northeast.
In a press statement released yesterday, by army Public
Relations Director Sani Usman, the Nigerian military is
aimed at driving out terrorists and rescuing their captives.
About 829 people were freed last week.
He said, the army rescued 520 people in the village of
Kusumma, and 309 others from 11 other villages. Troops
have also rescued 72 people held captive in northeast
villages in two “clearance operations,” He added that the
Boko Haram sect still holds an unknown number of
hostages they are still trying to rescue.
Usman said of one of last week’s missions.
“The gallant troops cleared the remnants of the
Boko Haram terrorists hibernating in Kala Balge
He added that Nigerian soldiers also destroyed a terrorist
training camp, warehouse, and factory in Tibem village. Twenty-nine insurgents were killed and that troops
recovered weapons from Boko Haram hiding spots in the
operations that freed 72 people.