Nigerian troops rescue of at least 338 inmates by Boko Haram – army

Lagos – Nigerian troops have rescued 338 people, mostly women and children, held by Boko Haram Islamist group’s stronghold around Sambisa forest in the restive northeast, the military said Wednesday.
“The [military] unit … rescued 338 people who were held hostage by the terrorists,” the military said Tuesday an operation, adding that 192 survivors were children and 138 women.
The raid “Boko Haram suspected terrorists camps in villages and Bulajilin Manawashe” targeted at the edge of the forest Sambisa, the military said in a statement, adding that troops killed 30 suspected jihadists and seized a cache of weapons and ammunition.
The Nigerian army has claimed in recent months a series of successes against Boko Haram in his quest to end six years of the uprising of the hardline Islamist group.
The air force said in a statement on Tuesday it had launched strikes on vehicles and fuels group deposits “in a renewed effort to further degrade” its assets.
Chief of the Air Force sadistic Abubakar was quoted as saying that the strikes helped “open the way to the final assault” by ground forces of Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who came to power in May on a pledge to crush the Boko Haram sect, gave his military commanders until the end of December to win the group, whose insurgency has killed at least 17,000 people and forced more than 2.5 million to flee their homes since 2009.

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