The Nigerian Army says it has rescued 46 civilians from a Boko Haram terrorists enclave in Sambisa Forest, Northeast Nigeria.
The Army in a statement signed by the Deputy Director Public Relations of Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu said the civilians were rescued in a joint operation with the Nigerian Air Force.
The rescued persons comprise of 19 women and 27 children.
They were rescued as part of an Army Operation deep Punch II aimed at clearing Boko Haram terrorist camps in Sambisa.
Col. Nwachukwu also revealed that several terrorist were killed during the operation.
“During a fierce offensive which was supported by Nigerian Air Force, against the terrorists on Monday 12th February 2018, the resilient troops neutralised quite a number of Boko Haram terrorists and captured major armaments, including two Spartan Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC), one Canter truck and one Laptop computer belonging to the insurgents,” Nwachukwu said in the statement.
The troops also destroyed eight gun trucks, several makeshift accommodation and tents during the operation.