Troops Rescue 54 Hostages In Fresh Clearance Operation

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Troops of 114 Task Force Battalion, 28 Task Force Brigade, in conjunction with some vigilantes in their area of operation, have carried out clearance operation of
reported remnants of Boko Haram
terrorists along Bita-Madube Ciki-Njubul axis, Nigerian Army has said. During the advance, 2 soldiers unfortunately stepped on a buried Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that seriously injured one of the soldiers.
Nevertheless, the troops continued the advance and had contact with the terrorists and cleared them out of Madube Cikin, killing 4 insurgents, destroying 2
vehicles and 2 motorcycles belonging to the terrorists. The troops also recovered 2
cylinders, 1 AK-47 rifle, 3 boxes of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, 2 bicycles and bags of grains.

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Acting Director, Army Public Relations Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman said troops also rescued 54 persons held hostage by
the Boko Haram terrorists.
He further disclosed that the released hostages were being screened while the wounded soldiers have since been
evacuated for proper medical care.

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