Scores of Insurgents Killed As Military, Boko Haram Battles In Sambisa Forest
Scores of combatant soldiers and insurgents were said to have died and many more injured in the operation carried out by the Nigerian army inside Sambisa forest, the huge widely uncultivated forest is believed to be the last major stronghold of Boko Haram in Borno State.
The operation however led to the rescue of 200 girls and 93 women from the camp, byut the Defence Headquarter which released the information said it cannot confirm if Chibok girls abducted by the sect more than a year ago are in the group.
“Troops this afternoon rescued 200 girls & 93 women from Sambisa Forest. We cannot confirm if the #ChibokGirls are in this group,” the DHQ said.
It was gathered that at least three major terrorists camps have been destroyed in the well-coordinated attacks that include the destruction of the notorious Tokumbere camp in the Sambisa Forest.
Another source said: “Many Boko Haram members were killed in the encounters between troops and the insurgents in Sambisa Forest before the 293 women could be set free. We will release figures and appropriate photographs after preliminary mop up operation.
“Most of the Boko Haram commanders are also on the run but we will get them wherever they go.
“The operation in Sambisa Forest is ongoing because intelligence report indicated that there could be up to 50 camps in the area.”
“The Military is hopeful that more hostages will be rescued alive from the remaining three camps,” a senior military source said.
The army’s statement, signed by the acting Director Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, said: “This is to inform you that our gallant troops have been making progress in the desired aim of ridding the nation of terrorists and their sanctuaries.
“It is heartwarming to inform you that today; troops continued the offensive and cleared four key terrorists’ camps in Sambisa forest, Borno State.
“So far, they have destroyed and cleared Sassa, Tokumbere & two other camps in the general area of Alafa, all within the Sambisa forest.
“The troops rescued 200 abducted girls (not Chibok girls) and 93 women. They are at present being processed.
“Similarly, a number of equipment and weapons have been captured. We will send further details and photographs soon.”