Eight hostages held by Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria’s restive northeast area of Gwoza area of Borno State have been rescued, the Army spokesman, Aminu Iliyasu, said Sunday.
In a statement released in Lagos, Iliyasu said troops subdued Boko Haram terrorists in an encounter and rescued eight villagers including four children held captives by the insurgents.
The army spokesman said the rescued victims were evacuated while the children among them were equally administered with Polio vaccination by a Nigerian army medical team.
He added that no causality was recorded by the army troops during the commando operations.
According to him, many of the Boko Haram criminal elements fled in disarray toward the summit of Mandara Mountains with gunshot wounds.
“The troops’ resilience and doggedness are unwavering as further exploitation to complete the annihilation of the insurgents are being sustained in the mountainous environment,” he said.
Iliyasu said the army continued to sustain the tempo of the counter-insurgency operations in the northeast with a view to decimating and destroying the remnant of “Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP) criminals”.