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Crime Updated: June 21, 2024

Borno: Army troops rescue women, children in counter-terrorism operation

By Abdulrazak Muhammad
June 21, 2024
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Troops of the Nigerian Army rescued seven women and nine children from a terrorist den during a counter-terrorism operation in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State.

During the operation, the troops ambushed the terrorists around Pulka and Ashagashiya areas and neutralized one while others fled in disarray, abandoning their belongings.

The troops equally recovered various items, including one submachine gun, three bicycles, four blankets, and cooking utensils among others.

The army in a statement on Friday said the operation was part of a series of coordinated counter-terrorism operations in collaboration with Vigilante and Hybrid Forces in the Northeast.

In a separate encounter, the troops executed an ambush at the Komala general area of Borno State and neutralized terrorists.

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During the ambush, the troops also recovered two AK-47 rifles with two magazines containing 29 rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition, 91 belted links of PKT ammunition, one SMG, two AK-47 rifles, one SMG magazine, nine rounds of 9 mm ammunition, and one motorbike.

The statement partly reads: "In a separate operation in Benue State, troops in response to intelligence reports about terrorists' movements in Ayati Village, Ukum LGA, launched a swift operation to counteract the nefarious activities of the terrorists. 

"The terrorists, upon sighting the troops, fled, abandoning one AK-47 rifle, one Dane gun, two 83 mm launchers, four locally made launchers, and one rifle magazine. The troops also seized 19 rounds of 7.62 mm (Special) five rounds of 5.56 x 45 mm ammunition and other assorted arms.

"In another successful operation in Kogi State, troops responded to information regarding a planned ransom payment to kidnappers. Coordinating with vigilantes and local hunters, the troops engaged the kidnappers at the planned exchange point in Okunran Okoloke General Area.

"During the encounter, one kidnapper was neutralized, and an AK-47 rifle with a magazine containing 15 rounds of 7.62 mm (Special) ammunition and one motorcycle were recovered.

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"These modest but significant operational successes are indicative of troops' resilience and dedication in ensuring that they mitigate security challenges across the country."

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