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Troops Rescue 5,000 Boko Haram Hostages in Borno – Army




Nigeria Army to Search for Borno Girls Bella NaijaThe Nigerian Army on Sunday said its troops have rescued about 5,000 persons held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists in parts of Borno.

The acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, said in a statement that eight suspected Boko Haram insurgents were killed during clearance operations conducted by troops of 21 Brigade.

He said the incident occurred in Zangebe, Maiwa, Algaiti and Mainari villages in Mafa Local Government Area of the state.

He said troops of 7 Division Garrison Rapid Deployment Force also conducted clearance operations in several villages across Borno on Saturday to rid the areas of the insurgents.

Usman said though a member of the Civilian Joint Task Force was killed in the operation and one soldier was wounded, the spirit remained high among troops as they continued with the operations.

“Elements of Nigerian Army 7 Division in conjunction with Mobile Police Force on Saturday conducted clearance operations in Musa Yiwa, Ladin Buta and Bazaka villages.

Other villages include Kesa Gala, Talba, Fahinde, Shirori, Gizina, Maska Aribe and Maska Lawanti, all in Mafa Local Government Area of Borno,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that troops had in recent operations rescued many hostages and cleared several villages hitherto held by the insurgents.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Duke Tunde

    June 26, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    We’ve of countless rescue by our gallant army but where are the #ChibokGirls and the one they claimed to rescue recently Amina..abeg where she disappear go?

  2. Sipping tea

    June 26, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    5000 people ke? These people take Nigerians for fools. Nigerian army and lies… 1&2
    Till today, even with all the gra gra, no boko haram member is in jail. 800 of the just surrendered like that. No Chibok girls…. Or maybe this is when they will reveal the girls as part of the 5000… I hail una ooooo

  3. Sem

    June 26, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Na wa o. 5000 human beings were held hostage? . How many people are missing and unaccounted for in the north east? how many people are victims and how many have been radicalised. Boro haram is still holding villages hostage? What is the true situation please. 5000 people? What is the value of a nigerian life again? Which way? Confused .

  4. K

    June 27, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Ah ah! 5,000 hostages? But I thought Boko Haram had “largely” been defeated?

  5. Okechukwu Ofili

    June 27, 2016 at 7:01 am

    5000? wow. Can’t wait to see the picture.

  6. tunmi

    June 27, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Journalists, wherefore art thou? Where are the census records for that state?

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