The Nigerian Army has claimed it has killed about 18 members of the Boko Haram terrorists during an operation, adding that 72 persons held hostage by the group were also rescued.

Colonel Sagir Musa, who speaks for the Army said in a statement that soldiers from 7 division, Operation Lafia Dole, who carried out the operation, also recovered several arms, ammunitions and other logistics from the terrorists in its ongoing offensive to rid the North East from terrorism.

Colonel Sagir, in giving update on Army operations in the past weeks said that “in their efforts to defeat terrorism in the North East, troops of 7 Division Sector 1 Operation Lafiya Dole has continued to sustain offensive operations in the ongoing operation Kantana Jimlan within the Sector Area of Operations.

“Projecting ahead on the successes so far recorded in the Sector, the dogged troops of 144 Battalion in a well planned ambush operation on 4 May 2020 at about 02.30hours (2:30am), dealt a decisive blow on BHT/ISWAP Criminals along Visik high grounds.

“The troops engaged the criminals in a heavy fire fight which forced them to abandon some stolen items and fled in disarray through the Mandara mountains with severe gunshot wounds and unconfirmed number of the terrorists met their waterloo in the process,” he said

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