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More Than 13 Boko Haram Camps In Sambisa Forest Captured
The Nigerian military has said that it has captured more than 13 camps in Sambisa Forest formerly in the control of Boko Haram insurgents.
The defense spokesperson, Chris Olukolade, a major general, made this known on Thursday when he addressed journalists on updates of the on-going battle against the insurgents, saying more people kidnapped by the terrorists are still being rescued.
“Over 13 terrorists camps including the notorious Tokumbere camp in Sambisa forest have been captured. Other camps overran and destroyed by troops include, Wulari Bukar, Gangala, Anguwar Bakwai, Jigide, Kotorima, Lagura Bello, Lagina Fulani, among others,” Olukolade stated.
The defense spokesman said weapons and ammunition belonging to the insurgents were destroyed and some recovered, including anti-aircraft guns, General Purpose Machine Guns, Rocket Propelled Grenades and several AK 47 rifles.
He disclosed that that one soldiers was killed in the operation and 10 others injured.
Olukolade also suggested that the recently freed captives were held under “very severe and inhuman condition.”
“The true identity of some of the rescued women and girls are yet to be ascertained. At the moment, what is upper most and of priority is their movement to a conducive place where they are now undergoing thorough profiling to verify their true identity, where they come from, how they found themselves in the forest, etc,” he stated.
According to Olukolade, while the military is determined to rid Sambisa Forest of Boko Haram, members of the sect that are willing to surrender can do so without the fear of being killed.