The Nigerian Army says it has rescued some 1,880 women and children from Boko Haram insurgents in the Sambisa Forest.
Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, said told a news conference at the Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri on Wednesday that troops also arrested about 504 Boko Haram terrorists while 19 of them willingly surrendered.
He said that the Army had arrested about 37 foreigners who were currently undergoing interrogations to ascertain whether they were terrorists or not.
“We also arrested about seven kidnappers and we are currently interrogating them.
“Our troops have continued to make significant progress in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency,” Maj.-Gen. Irabor said.
“I gladly say that our troops have successfully mop up all the areas in Sambisa Forest including gate one.
“We are currently in camp zero; I am not going to tell you what we are doing there.
“But I can assure you that we are recording remarkable successes.”
Irabor also urged the general public, especially female students of tertiary institutions to be wary of new recruitment website, “as Boko Haram insurgency is an evil that is determined to destroy the society”.
Nigeria has been battling Islamic sect Boko Haram for about 7 years now.
The group whose name means, “Western education is forbidden” has killed more than 20,000 people and displaced more than 2.4 million.
Nigerian military forces backed by troops from neighbouring states have, in the last few months, ousted Boko Haram from most of an area the size of Belgium that they controlled until early 2015, revealing thousands living in famine-like conditions.
Boko Haram no longer holds much territory, having been pushed back to its stronghold in the Sambisa forest.