Nigerian Army rescues 386 civilians abducted 10 years ago

The Nigerian Army has rescued 386 civilians after ten years captivity in Sambisa forest.

This was disclosed by the acting GOC 7 Division, Brigadier-General A. Haruna, at the outskirts of Sambisa Forest in Konduga LGA after welcoming the troops that conducted the 10-day operation.

The rescue was carried out by troops of 21 Special Armoured Brigade, 26 Task Force Brigade, and 199 Special Forces.

The GOC said the operation tagged “Operation Desert Sanity 111” was to clear Sambisa forest of the remnants of all categories of terrorists as well as provide some of them eager to surrender as observed the opportunity to do so.

“Our effort is to ensure that we clear remnants of terrorists in the Sambisa and give those willing to surrender the opportunity to surrender.

“With this operation, we envisage many of them will surrender as they have started.

“We also rescued some civilians; as of yesterday, we rescued 386 and I am sure the number will increase by today,” Haruna said.

The GOC, who addressed the troops on the message of Chief of Army Staff, lauded their performance and professionalism exhibited during the operation and urged them to sustain the tempo.

Some of those rescued from Sambisa Forest, who spoke, said they were in captivity for 10 years.

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