Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole of the Nigerian Army have rescued 7,898 hostages held by Boko Haram insurgents before arresting 14 other terrorist suspects during the military clearance and rescue operations last month.
This was disclosed yesterday by the Theatre Commander, Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, while briefing reporters at the Maimalari Military Cantonment in Maiduguri.
He said out of the rescued hostages, 914 are male adults, 2,388 adult females, while 4,596 comprise children between the ages of two and 12.
He added that all the rescues and arrests were made by troops between February 1 and March 1 this year in the North-East sub-region of the country.
The military chief said several arms and ammunition were also recovered during the period under review just as 301 motorcycles allegedly used by insurgents were destroyed in the state.