By Victor Akaa, Abuja.
The Chief of Military Public Information, Multtinational Joint Taskforce (MNJTF) Ndjamena – Chad, Col. Mohammad Dole has said, its troops had laid an ambush against the insurgents at a vantage location near Barkalam.
Col. Dole noted that during the offensive operation, 3 canoes were capsized leading to the death and arrest of some terrorists, while others sustained various degree of injuries.
In a statement relayed to newsmen during the weekend, Col. Muhammad Dole explained, the troops of MNJTF were acting on credible information on the intended relocation of the insurgents to another location.
He said the troops swiftly responded and after the encounter, 12 hostages were successfully rescued from the BHT/ISWAP captivity.
“The rescued persons comprise of one male adult, three women and eight children.
“In line with its policy of safe transfer of surrendered insurgents and rescued hostages, the Headquarters, MNJTF used Helicopter to facilitate their movement from Baga Sola to N’Djamena Chad.
“While receiving the rescued persons at Air Force Base, the Chadian Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), Lieutenant General Abakar Abdelkarim Daoud reiterated the absolute commitment and determination of the National and MNJTF forces to combat the menace of the terrorists in the Lake Chad Basin. General Abakar Daoud urged the troops to remain focus and resolute to rid off insurgency, so as to restore normal socioeconomic activities in the region.
“The rescued hostages were moved to a military medical facility for further examinations and medication and thereafter reunite them with their families.”
Recall that the battle heat between the troops of MNJTF and the terrorists have continued to exact pressure on the ISWAP/Boko Haram terrorists along the fringes of Lake Chad Basin, leading to the record of unprecedented and monumental successes against the terrorists in the area.