Troops rescue 17 people kidnapped by Boko Haram in Borno
The troops of the Nigerian Army have rescued 17 kidnapped persons from Boko Haram insurgents.
According to a statement by Onyema Nwachukwu, director of army public relations, 17 people have kidnapped during an attack along Kontori along Maiduguri – Damaturu road.
Nwachukwu said the insurgents, who came in large numbers, invaded Auno village in the state but were intercepted by the troops of sector one operation Hadin Kai who engaged them in a gun duel.
“The terrorists who came in a drove on Wednesday, 7 July, 2021 had attempted an infiltration into Auno village through the Rail Line adjacent to the community, but were quickly intercepted by the vigilant troops in a fierce gun duel,” the statement reads.
“Further exploitation conducted by troops of 7 Division Garrison and 212 battalions, immediately after quelling the infiltration attempt by the terrorists, resulted in the successful rescue of the commuting civilians, who were abducted during the attack at Kontori along Maiduguri – Damaturu road.
“The rescued civilians have been adequately documented and handed over to officials of Rapid Response Squad for further action.
“Recall that it was during the said attack that own troops were involved in a road traffic accident while responding to a distress call from the area.”
The army spokesperson said Faruk Yahaya, chief of army staff, commended the troops for their commitment and decisive operations against the insurgents.
He said the army chief also expressed his readiness and resolve to support the troops with requisite logistics and welfare to enhance their operational efficiency.