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Army Rescues 386 Abducted Individuals From Sambisa Forest After Decade-long Captivity



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The Army has rescued approximately 386 individuals, predominantly women and children, who were abducted, from the Sambisa forest after a decade.

Brig. Gen. AGL Haruna, the acting GOC 7 Division, revealed this information to reporters at the outskirts of Sambisa forest in Konduga LGA. He spoke following the return of the troops who carried out the operation, which lasted for ten days.

Haruna said that the operation tagged “Operation Desert Sanity 111” was to clear Sambisa forest of the remnants of all categories of terrorists as well as provide some of them eager to surrender as observed the opportunity to do so.

“Our effort is to ensure that we clear remnants of terrorists in the Sambisa and give those willing to surrender the opportunity to surrender.

“With this operation, we envisage many of them will surrender as they have started.

“We also rescued some civilians; as of yesterday, we rescued 386 and I am sure the number will increase by today,” Haruna said.

Addressing the troops on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, the GOC praised their performance and professionalism during the operation, urging them to maintain the same level of dedication.

Several of the rescued individuals, speaking after their liberation, revealed that they had endured captivity for a decade.

According to reports, the operation involved troops from the 21 Special Armoured Brigade, 26 Task Force Brigade, and 199 Special Forces.

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