– The army in a clearing operation killed 42 terrorists

– The operation also led to the rescue of 38 women who were held hostage by the terrorists

– They rescued women and children are receiving treatment at a medical centre

The Nigerian army has continued its onslaught against Boko Haram terrorists as its latest offensive operation resulted in the rescue of 38 women and 42 children.

In a statement issued by Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman who is the spokesperson of the army, he said the clearance operation code-named Operation Tiger claws was carried out on Tuesday, July 19 at Garere village in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno state.

During the ensuing operation, 42 Boko Haram terrorists were killed while others fled with gunshot wounds. The rescued women and children were taken to the military medical facility in Baga for checks where they were also provided with food and shelter.

Read the rest of the statement below: “The patrol team also recovered 504 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, 162 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, 1 Land Cruiser Jeep, 34 Jerry cans of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and Automated Gas Oil (AGO), while 55 Motorcycles were demobilized during the operation. The troops have continued to intensify vigilance and maintained high level of alertness. They are making concerted efforts to clear the remnants of the terrorists in their area of responsibilities.

In a related development, suspected elements of Boko Haram terrorists at the early hours of today, attacked Bakin Dutse community in which they killed one person and injured 4 other persons. Unfortunately, they took to their heels on arrival of troops. The troops have continued to patrol the general area with the hope of finding and apprehending the attackers.

Similarly, troops on routine patrol in order to secure and make Kumshe-Banki road open, were ambushed by 4 suspected Boko Haram terrorists. The troops engaged them and 3 of them died as a result of gun shot wounds. The lone survivor is currently being interrogated. It is heart-warming to state that he has been making very useful statements that are very revealing.”