The army says it has rescued over 1,000 people who were captured by the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno state.
Texas Chukwu, spokesman of the army, said this in a statement on Monday.
He said the victims, comprising women and children were set free from Malamkari, Amchaka, Walasa and Gora villages of Bama local government area of Borno.
Chukwu said the men captured were forced to join the ranks of Boko Haram.
“Troops of 22 Brigade deployed in operation Lafiya Dole have rescued over 1,000 hostages from the Boko Haram terrorists’ enclave,” the statement read.
“The operation, which was conducted in conjunction with allies of multinational joint task force (MNJTF), rescued the hostages from Malamkari, Amchaka, Walasa and Gora villages of Bama local government area of Borno state.
“The hostages consisted mainly of women, children as well as some young men who were forced to become Boko Haram fighters.”
The army spokesman said the freed victims were receiving medical attention.
He also asked the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities around them.
“The rescued persons are being attended to in a military medical facility,” he said.
“The army wishes to remind the public of its resolve to rout out BH and rescue all hostages. The public is also advised to report any suspicious character to the appropriate authority for prompt action.”