Troops ‘rescue’ 33 hostages, ‘kill six terrorists’ in Sambisa forest

Troops of operation Hadin Kai in Borno state have killed six suspected terrorists and rescued 33 hostages in the Sambisa forest.

Zagazola Makama, a counter-insurgency publication focused on the Lake Chad region, reports that the rescued people comprise one male adult, three female adults, and 29 children.

A source who spoke with the publication said the combined troops of 21 armoured brigade and special forces, assisted by a hybrid force and the civilian joint task force (CJTF), raided the terrorists’ enclaves on May 29.

“The offensive was launched under operation Desert Sanity III and achieved a spectacular victory on May 29, 2024, when they invaded the Boko Haram/ISWAP enclaves of Parisu and Aulari in the Forest,” Zagazola quoted a military source as saying.


“Contact was made with the terrorists, which resulted in a heavy gun battle.

“The troops overwhelmed the terrorists and neutralised them instantly, while others escaped with bullet wounds.”

The troops also recovered weapons used by the fleeing terrorists, including AK-47 rifles.


Meanwhile, on Thursday, Samuel Aruwan, commissioner for internal security in Kaduna, said the troops of the Nigerian Army of division 1 and operation Whirl Punch killed six terrorists and arrested three others in a special operation in Giwa LGA of the state.


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