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Troops Clear More Settlements In Northeast, Rescue 5,000 Hostages
Troops of 21 Brigade and Civilian Joint Task Force have conducted a fighting patrol to Zangebe, Maiwa, Algaiti and Mainari villages in which 6 Boko Haram terrorists were killed and several others wounded.
The troops also liberated over 5,000 Boko Haram hostages and recovered 5 motorcycles and 5 bicycles.
Similarly, troops of 7 Division Garrison Rapid Deployment Force, RDF, in conjunction with the police and Civilian JTF today also conducted Boko Haram terrorists clearance operations at Masu Yiwa, Ladin Buta, Bazaka, Kesa Gala, Tabla, Fahinde, Shirori, Gizina, Maska Aribe, Maska and Maska Lawanti villages, all in Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State.
One 1 Civilian JTF was however killed in the operations while a soldier and 1 Mobile Policeman were wounded. The bodies of the Civilian JTF; the wounded soldier and his police counterpart have since been evacuated to Maiduguri.
A statement by Sani Usman, spokesman of the army, said the army commiserates with the families of the departed Civilian JTF, and said the wounded are in stable condition and responding to treatment.
In a related development, troops of 192 Battalion, 26 Task Force Brigade and some vigilantes also embarked on fighting patrol along Kusarha-Zalidava general area on Sunday, killing 2 Boko Haram terrorists and recovering 1 General Purpose Machine Gun, a belt of 7.62mm ammunition containing 42 rounds.
One of the vigilantes sustained an injury in the eye during the encounter but he has been moved to the hospital and is responding to treatment.