Nigerian Police rescue Soldiers abducted by Boko Haram in Borno state
The Nigerian Police Counter-Terrorism and Counter-insurgency Special Forces have rescued soldiers kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State, North East Nigeria.
In a ‘Situation Report’ (SITREP) sighted by Global Sentinel on Tuesday, the terrorists had killed two soldiers and abducted several others after attack on the Nigerian Army patrol team in Aonu near Maiduguri Metropolis.
According to the report, the attack happened at about 2.38pm on Monday “along Aonu Road, killing two soldiers and kidnapped others”.
The terrorists were also said to have carted away two gun trucks, 60 AK 47 rifles and unspecified number of ammunition.”
However, the Counter Terrorism Unit of the Nigerian Police said they were able to pinpoint the location of the terrorists at Aonu town and went after them.
The Police source said after engaging the terrorists in gun duel, their forces were able to recover one of the “gun trucks, the rifle, ammunition and rescued two soldiers alive.
“All the recovered items were handed over to the Borno State Commissioner of Police and the area of Operation is calm.”
The operatives have since returned to their CTU base in Maiduguri.
Further information also gathered by Global Sentinel is that the Operation was jointly carried out with the Air Task Force of the Operation Lafiya Dole as was confirmed in the tweet with accompanying video.
The Nigeria Police Force has recovered arms and ammunition from the scene of Monday’s Boko Haram ambush on soldiers along Maiduguri-Damaturu road.
Addressing a press briefing on Tuesday, the Borno State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Aliyu said the command has begun investigation to verify who might have dumped the weapons.
Aliyu explained that personnel of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) stationed in Auno town got information about the attack and immediately mobilized to the scene to support the military.
He said on arrival at the scene of the confrontation, the personnel saw a vehicle burning in flames and another camouflage Hilux Toyota had capsized.
He said they later recovered the arms and ammunition and saw a corpse in mufti near the recovered arms and ammunition.
The CP who displaced the weapons before journalists, said: “We are yet to get the clue of what the position of those arms are, are they for the military or are they for the insurgents, we don’t know yet. The weapons are in our custody as you can see.”
Aliyu said weapons recovered include eight AK47 rifles, two Anti Aircraft, a multipurpose machine gun, two magazines with 51 rounds of ammunition, 270 rounds of multipurpose gun ammunition and two spared barrel.