from EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – NIGERIAN troops have killed 75 suspected Boko Haram terrorists during operations northeast of the country over the past month.
Some 35 civilians held captive by the Islamist sect were rescued during the exercise carried out in the entire month of June in the states of Adamawa and Borno.
Among those rescued are 18 women, 16 children and one adult male.
Four people alleged to be fighters of the terror group surrendered.
Two people suspected to be working as spies for the militants were arrested.
Two women said to be wives of Boko Haram members were also arrested during the period.
One soldier was killed and another wounded.
An assortment of weapons and vehicles were confiscated.
The military reported that it had a total of 17 encounters with the terror group in June.
Major General John Enenche, the Defence spokesman, said it was evident from recent encounters with Boko Haram that the troops were on course to eliminate the group.
Boko Haram has carried out attacks since 2009, with the aim of overthrowing the government and establish an Islamic state.
Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, commended the troops for the breakthroughs.
“He (Buratai) also urges them to maintain the tempo against the criminals as we approach the end of the insurgency in our country,” Enenche said.
– CAJ News