The Nigerian military on Monday, February 12, rescued a fresh set of 19 Women and 27 Children after destroying one of the highly fortified Boko Haram hideouts – Sabil Huda inside Sambisa Forest.
Troops of Operation Lafia Dole with its headquarters in Maiduguri the Borno State capital continued their clearance operation against all known hideouts of Boko Haram terrorists within the large expanse of Sambisa forest as part of the ongoing Operation Deep Punch. II.
This is happening shortly after President Muhammadu Buhari had a closed-door meeting with service chiefs with a view of mapping out improved security architecture to address growing security challenges across the country
In a statement issued on Tuesday by Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu Deputy Director, Public Relations, Theatre Command, Operation Lafia Dole stated that apart from the rescued women and children; troops also captured major armaments belonging to the Boko Haram terrorists.
According to Nwachukwu, ” the troops rescued 19 women and 27 children from the erstwhile terrorist enclave. The highly motivated troops remain dauntless as the operation continues.”
” It is in this vein that they (troops) dislodged Boko Haram terrorists from one of their highly fortified hideouts around S-Shape part of the Sambisa forest close to Sabil Huda.
“The location was also believed to be one of their prized hideouts. However, during a fierce offensive which was supported by Nigerian Air Force, against the terrorists on Monday 12th February 2018, the resilient troops neutralized quite a number of Boko Haram terrorists and captured major armaments, including 2 Spartan Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC), 1 Canter truck and 1 Laptop computer belonging to the insurgents.
” The gallant troops also destroyed 8 Gun trucks, several makeshift accommodation, and tents,” Nwachukwu said.