A sum total of 1,623 persons held captive by members of the Boko Haram terrorist group in Jarawa, Kala Balge local government area of Borno State were rescued yesterday by the Abuja-Troops of 3 Battalion, 22 Brigade Nigerian Army on Operation Lafiya Dole, assisted by ten civilian JTF members.
A statement released by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, said that the successful rescue operation was based on intel received yesterday by the troops.
While advancing, the troops came under heavy fire at Jarawa village and responded decisively. They went further to clear Deima, Artano, Saduguma, Duve, Bardo, Kala, Bok, Msherde and Ahirde settlements.
During the operation, the troops neutralized 21 Boko Haram terrorists, rescued 1,623 residents of Jarawa who were held captives by these terrorists.
They also recovered three AK-47 Rifles with registration numbers 565222414, 563729686 and UF 3646, a 36 Hand Grenade, 12 Cutlasses and four motorcycles.
The rescued persons have been escorted to Rann Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp, while all the children were vaccinated.
One significant aspect of this operation is that the unit noted for its experience in battle, resilience and bravery did not record any casualty.