Nigerian forces rescue 61 abductees by Boko Haram

Nigerian Army rescues 61 captives from Boko Haram and kills four militants during operation in northeastern Borno state

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Women who were rescued after being held captive by Boko Haram, sit as they wait for medical treatment at an internal displaced person's camp near Mubi, northeast Nigeria October 29, 2015

At least 61 captives by Boko Haram have been rescued in an operation where four militanys were killed and one arrested in the flashpoint Borno state, the Nigerian Army said on Tuesday.

According to a military statement, the captives were mostly women and children and they will receive rehabilitory support.

Army spokesperson Sani Usman said that the Nigerian forces also recovered “two dane guns in Bitta and Gwoza an encounter with the terrorist [militant] at Langaran Fulani” and added that the troops also destroyed a number of camps operated by Boko Haram.

Army claims were not immediately confirmed.  

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has given the army a deadline to decimate Boko Haram rebels. The army claims that they will clear Boko Haram camps by Buhari’s deadline in December, as it says the army performed a string of victories against the Boko Haram in the past six years.

On October 28, at least 330 people, including 192 children and 138 women abducted by Boko Haram militants were freed in an operation on the militant group’s Sambisa forest stronghold.

Nigerian Army soldiers are pictured as they are deployed to take part in the battle against Boko Haram in Damask, Borno State, Nigeria on November 8, 2015

The militant group had abducted over 200 schoolgirls in April 2014 in Borno state. However, the military failed to disclose information on the schoolgirls in their recent statement.

Nigerian-based militant group, Boko Haram was established in 2002. Since then, they have been carrying out their operations in West African countries including Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

The group's name translates to “Western education is forbidden" in the Hausa language that underlines the groups initial focused on opposing Western-style education.

Nigeria is leading the coalition against the insurgency with about 8,700 troops, along with Niger and Cameroon who are also involved in the effort to restore security in the region.

TRTWorld and agencies