Troops Rescue 85 Women, Children In Lake Chad

By Joy Yesufu

Troops of 7 Division Nigerian Army, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, led by the General Officer Commanding of the Division, conducted a decisive clearance operation into the remnants of Boko Haram strategic hub town of Chukungudu on the southern fringes of the Lake Chad Region, northern parts of Borno State over the weekend.

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During the clearance, they rescued 85 people, comprising of mostly women and children held hostage by the insurgents.

A statement by the Ag. Director of Army Public Relations, Col Sani Usman said the maneuvering Brigade led by 3 Battalion of 22 Brigade, also successfully cleared Geram, Bulankassa and Chukungudu believed to be the Boko Haram terrorists stronghold in that area.

Usman said in another development, troops neutralized 5 Boko Haram terrorists fighters in a fierce encounter that made several of the terrorists run into the Lake Chad waters.

He said the troops recovered 4 rounds of Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) bombs, 1 Double Barrel Gun, 349 packets containing various rounds of ammunitions, 3 Magazines, a link belt of machine gun ammunition and 1 AK-47 rifle magazine.

According to the statement “During the clearance operations, the troops made spectacular discovery of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making factory at Geram.

“In the factory, they found several already primed suicide bombers’ vests. They also discovered a well equipped motor vehicles and motorcycles’ workshop and spare parts ware house at Chukungudu village.

“The troops recovered 3 vehicles and several newly acquired motorcycles.

Unfortunately, a soldier died during the encounter.

“In line with Rules of Engagement, IED factory, vehicles and motorcycles were destroyed”.

Source: allafrica.com

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