Meanwhile Troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole in the North East Nigeria have killed six terrorists and rescued 33 hostages during a clearance patrol of Damboa and Bama council areas of Borno State.
The soldiers, who were deployed from 242, 151 battalions and 21 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, also recovered six AK-47 rifles and arms during the military exercise.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen. Texas Chukwu, in a statement in Maiduguri, said the recovery followed a coordinated exchange of gunfire where the captives were successfully freed at Bulabulin and Falamari villages.
He said troops of 151 Battalion while on patrol along Myanti-Darel Jamel Road in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State encountered some Boko Haram terrorists. One of the insurgents was neutralised during the encounter.
Chukwu also said troops of 21 Brigade while on clearance operation at Yerimari Gana and Darel Salam villages in the outskirts of Bama Local Government Area of Borno State neutralised one Boko Haram terrorist.
Thirty three persons, comprising eight men, 12 women and 13 children, were also rescued by the troops during the operation.”
The spokesman said the rescued captives had been profiled and handed over to the appropriate authorities.