Troops of 22 Brigade, Nigerian Army have rescued 1,000 hostages at the weekend in coordinated military operations with Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in four Borno villages.
The Boko Haram infested villages are Malamkari, Amchaka, Walasa and Gora in Bama council area of the state.
Spokesman of the Army, Brig-Gen Texas Chukwu in a statement released on Monday in Abuja said the rescued hostages are mainly women and children that lived in Boko Haram captivities for over five years.
According to him, some of the young captives were forced to become Boko Haram fighters in the Bama-Dikwa axis.
He said the rescued persons are currently being attended to at a military hospital.
“We thanked the soldiers for rescuing our wives and children from these terrorists. This is a show of love, care and protection from the army and Baba Buhari our President,” said Gambo Gulumba, a rescued captive in the statement.
Chukwu also advise the general public to report any suspicious character to appropriate authorities for prompt action.