Troops of 3 Battalion, 22 Brigade Nigerian Army, today, Friday, 19th May 2017, rescued not less than 998 persons from Boko Haram’s enclave.
According to the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, their release followed confirmed information about presence of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in some villages around Ngala.
The troops, along with some Civilian JTF, embarked on Fighting Patrol to the area.
Consequently, the patrol team had a fierce encounter with the terrorists at Ndufu.
According to the statement by Brigadier General Usman, “the troops decisively dealt with the terrorists before proceeding to clear Muktu and Muzuri, as well as nearby communities within the area.
“Some of terrorists fled to various direction on sighting the troops,” he stated.
However, “the patrol team was able to neutralize 9 terrorists, destroyed their Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making factory and rescued 998 persons.
“Those rescued were 125 at Ndufu, 802 at Muktu and 71 persons at Muzuri.
“Interestingly, despite the heat of the battle, the troops also vaccinated all children under the age of 5 with Polio vaccinations.
“In addition, the troops recovered 1 AK-47 Rifle with registration number 565231515, an AK-47 Rifle Magazine, 2 Boko Haram terrorists flags, 4 Motorcycles, 2 Solar Panels, 2 already prepared IEDs, Detonating cords and other explosive making components.
“It is gratifying to note that 3 Battalion has maintained its status as one of the best fighting unit in the theatre as they did not sustain any casualty or injury during the operation,” the statement concluded.