The Nigerian Army said it killed 14 Boko Haram insurgents and rescued 21 hostages in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno.
Boko Haram insurgents had earlier on Tuesday ambushed a passenger bus along Gwoza-Pulka road, Warabe and abducted some travellers.
At least seven women were reportedly abducted in the attack, while some of the male passengers who fled into the bush also went missing.
Texas Chukwu, Director of Army Public Relations in a statement on Friday said the rescue operation of the hostages was carried out on Thursday when the military raided hideout of the insurgents.
“Troops of 192 Battalion of 26 Task Force Brigade of Operation Lafiya Dole alongside Civilian Joint Task Force neutralised 14 Boko Haram terrorists in a village suspected to harbour terrorists that ambushed a civilian vehicle in Pulka on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.
“The troops attained the feat on Thursday 6th September 2018 during an early hours clearance operation to Amdaga Madachi village in Gwoza Local Government Area in Borno State suspected to harbour the terrorists,” the statement read in part.
Chukuwu added that the soldiers during the operation killed 14 Boko Haram Terrorists, rescued 21 civilians including six women, 11 children, four men who are currently being attended to at the military hospital.
“The Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division Brigadier General Abdulmalik Bulama Biu, through the Commander of 26 Task Force Brigade Brigadier General Dahiru, has commended the troops for their gallantry, urging them to maintain the momentum by taking out all Boko Haram Terrorists within the Division Area of Responsibility,” he added.
The rescue of the hostages comes a day after the Senator representing Southern Borno at the National Assembly, Ali Ndume demanded action and lamented over continued attacks by Boko Haram insurgents in the state.
Ndume told journalists on Thursday that the spate of attacks carried out by the terrorists in the last two months is worrisome