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10 Years After Abduction: Army Rescues 386 Civilians From Sambisa Forest

No fewer than 386 people, mostly women and children, have been rescued by the Army in the Sambisa Forest 10 years after their abduction.

The acting GOC 7 Division, Brig. Gen. AGL Haruna, made this known while speaking to journalists at the outskirts of the forest in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State after welcoming the troops that conducted the 10-day operation over the weekend.

Haruna 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 the Chief of Army Staff, lauded their performance and professionalism exhibited during the operation and urged them to sustain the tempo.

Some of those rescued who spoke, said they have been in captivity for the past 10 years. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that troops from 21 Special Armoured Brigade, 26 Task Force Brigade and 199 Special Forces participated in the operation.

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