Cameroon, Nigeria rescue 112 captives from Boko Haram

Cameroonian, Nigerian forces rescue 112 captives held by Boko Haram, retake town of Goshi

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

A truck waiting to transport people fleeing from Boko Haram at Mairi village outskirts of Maiduguri capital of northeast Borno State, on February 6, 2016

In a joint operation, Nigerian and Cameroonian forces rescued 112 Boko Haram captives in Nigeria's northerneastern Borno state on Monday while Cameroonian troops killed 162 Boko Haram militants in the northeastern town of Goshi and have retaken the town from the group.

According to a Nigerian Army statement released on Monday, captives who were rescued by the troops include 36 women and 68 children. Operation was a result of an ongoing collaboration between Nigeria and it’s neighbours to combat Boko Haram.

Cameroon’s Communication Minister Issa Tchimora Bakary said late Monday that two members of Cameroon Army were killed during the operation.

Nigerian Army said one of the Cameroonian soldiers died from an injury that he sustained when his unit's vehicle ran into an explosive buried along the Pulka-Ngoshe road in the region.

Eight other Cameroonian troops were also injured in the incident.

Bakary said the operation was conducted between Feb. 11 to Feb. 14 and destroyed several bomb factories and two training centres in the former Boko Haram stronghold, also soldiers seized vehicles, weapons and ammunition.

"The cooperation with our neighbours has brought renewed vigour and is yielding fruitful result in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorists," Nigerian Army spokesman Sani Usman said in the statement.

234 captives consisting mainly children and women were also rescued by Nigerian Army troops from Boko Haram militants in the Borno state last week. The army said in a statement that it killed 31 militants in the operation.

Boko Haram was formed in 2009, and has killed hundreds of innocent civilians through the years in numerous African countries including Chad and Cameroon. The militant group swore allegiance to DAESH in 2014.

Amnesty International says more than 20,000 people has been killed in six years by Boko Haram.

TRTWorld and agencies