The Nigerian Army says its troops have rescued 31 persons including 14 women and 17 children at Mantari, Malam-Masari and Gabchari villages in Bama local government area of Borno State.

Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Aminu Iliyasu, who made this known in a statement in Abuja said the successful ambush operation conducted by the troops of 21 Special Armoured Brigade led to the rescue.

He added that the troops killed a number of Boko Haram insurgents, while others escaped with gunshot wounds during the encounter.

According to Iliyasu, the combined troops of 68/94 Battalions of Operation ‘Lafiya Dole’ also uncovered a Boko Haram enclave and engage it with devastating volumes of fire at Malam-Fatori in Abadam local government area.

He also announced that troops of 144 Battalion engaged and neutralised three insurgents at Limankara, in Gwoza, during a failed attempt to infiltrate the troops’ location.