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Civilian JTF Arrests 17 Insurgents, Rescue 11-Year Old Girl
Members of the Civilian JTF in kaya village, Borno state, rescued an 11-year old girl abducted by Boko Haram insurgents from Batha village and kept at a hideout in Sabon Garin Bale.
The Civilian JTF also destroyed the terrorists camp and recovered Boko Haram flags, 3 Fabrique Nationale (FN) rifle magazines, 2 AK-45 rifle magazines and 24 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition.
The villante stormed the hide out after six suspected Boko Haram insurgents attacked kutuva village, killing four persons and abducting four women.
A statement by Sani Usman, Acting Director of Army Public Relations, said the terrorists however escaped with the women and that they are still being trailed. He said the women would be rescued and the insurgents arrested.
In a related development, a team of local vigilante in Damboa led by Sarkin Yaki Ali Gwoza intercepted 17 hardened Boko Haram suspects along Njaba road, south of Damboa town while on patrol.
They were among dozens of persons intercepted and interrogated.
The statement said the men confessed during preliminary interrogation that they were members of Boko Haram who were compelled to join the insurgency against their will and that they were on their way to Damboa to surrender to the military.
They attributed their decision to give up their nefarious activities to the continuing military onslaught and that life has become hard and unbearable for them.
The 17 arrested were said to be “hardened Boko Haram terrorists” trying to escape and infiltrate the society.
Similarly, a combined patrol team of 7 Division Garrison, 101 Special Forces Battalion and 3 Civilian JTF, while on clearance patrol, intercepted a Golf car with registration number BX 508 RBC, suspected to be carrying suppliers of logistics such as spare parts and Improvised Explosives making Devices materials to Boko Haram terrorists along Kayamla general area Tuesday morning.
The suspected suppliers abandoned the vehicle and fled into the bush on sighting the patrol team. The vehicle and its contents has been recovered to nearby military location.