June 17, 2024

Troops rescue 34 women, children as 3 ISWAP terrorists surrender

Troops rescue 34 women, children as 3 ISWAP terrorists surrender

By: Kingsley Omonobi

Troops of Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), in a series of operations targeting terrorist activities at Wulgo, have successfully rescued 34 women and children from the clutches of Boko Haram terrorists.

Troops neutralized one terrorist during clearance operations conducted in the Mazuri, Itsari, Mudu, and Maleri villages on fringes of southern Lake Chad in Nigeria on 15 June 2024.

Spokesman of MNJTF, Lt. Col Abdullahi Abubakar who made this known on Monday, said the hostages were successfully rescued under Operation Lake Sanity 2.

“Relatedly on 17 June 2024, 3 fighters from the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) based in the Jabilaram camp, a secluded islet on Lake Chad, surrendered to the vigilant troops of Task Force Wulgo.

“The fighters, identified as Babakura Abubakar (20 years old), Abacha Kyari (28 years old), and Mohammad Adam (29 years old), are currently undergoing interrogation for further action.

“Moreover, in our continued air assault operations aimed at dismantling terrorist operations across the Lake Chad area, an air interdiction mission was conducted on 9 June 2024 at Kollaram.

“This operation destroyed 3 suicide vehicle-borne IEDs poised for a major terrorist attack.

“This precise strike exemplifies the efficacy and capabilities of Troops Contributing Countries air force units in neutralizing high-value terrorist targets and mitigating potential threats.

“The combined efforts of ground and air operations are significantly degrading the operational strength and morale of terrorist factions in the region.

“The MNJTF remain resolute in the mission to eradicate terrorism, ensure the safety of civilians, and foster a secure and peaceful environment conducive to sustaining long-term stability.

“The Force Commander Maj Gen Ibrahim Sallau Ali commend the bravery of the troops involved in these operations and reiterate the commitment of MNJTF to restoring normalcy and peace through continued vigilance and proactive engagements.”