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Army rescues 386 civilians from Sambisa forest 10 years after abduction

Army rescues 386 abductees from Sambisa forest after 10yrs

In a significant rescue operation, the Nigerian Army has freed at least 386 people, predominantly women and children, from captivity in the Sambisa Forest, ten years after their abduction. Brigadier General AGL Haruna, the acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 7 Division, announced the success while addressing journalists on the outskirts of the Sambisa Forest in the Konduga Local Government Area.

Haruna revealed that the operation, dubbed “Operation Desert Sanity 111,” aimed to eliminate the remnants of terrorist groups in the forest and offer those willing to surrender a chance to do so.

“Our mission is to clear the remaining terrorists in Sambisa and give those willing to surrender the opportunity to do so,” Haruna stated. “Through this operation, we anticipate many will surrender, and we have already seen the beginning of this.”

He further disclosed that 386 civilians had been rescued as of the previous day, with expectations that the number would increase. Haruna praised the troops for their exceptional performance and professionalism during the 10-day operation, conveying a message of commendation from the Chief of Army Staff.

Some of the rescued individuals, who had been held captive for a decade, expressed relief and gratitude for their liberation. The operation marks a significant stride in the ongoing efforts to combat terrorism and secure the region.

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