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Army arrests 504 terrorists, rescues 1,880 women, children in Sambisa


The Army yesterday said it has arrested 504 and rescued about 1,880 women and children from Boko Haram insurgents in the Sambisa Forest.

Major-General Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, said this during a news conference at the Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri, yesterday.

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Irabor said that the 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 interrogation to ascertain whether they were terrorists or not.

He said: “We 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.

“I gladly say that our troops have successfully mopped up all the areas in Sambisa Forest, including Gate One.

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“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 called on the 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.”