Nigerian army battled the insurgent group Boko Haram and rescued 38, both women and children in the militant held northeastern state of Borno.
According to a statement from army headquarters and signed by Sani Usman, spokesman of the army, the troops neutralized over a dozen Boko Haram terrorists while others fled with gun wounds during the rescue operation conducted in Dumba village of Borno State.
The army statement further noted that 19 women and 19 children rescued were taken into custody by the army.
Meanwhile, Troops of 8 Task Force Division of the Nigerian Army have commenced an operation code-named “Operation Hardknock” aimed to clear pockets of Boko Haram terrorists hiding in remote areas of Borno, along Nigeria-Niger borders, the statement added.
As the operation progresses, troops have cleared pockets of insurgents from their hideouts in Momo and Tunshe villages around Marte general area of Borno State.