Soldiers Free 5000 from Boko Haram Captivity

Mar 16, 2017, 00:41
Soldiers Free 5000 from Boko Haram Captivity

"Several others escaped into the thick forest with gunshot wounds".

This caused sleeping residents to jump out of their beds in fear of yet another horrific attack by Boko Haram.

Khalid al-Barnawi, one of three Nigerians listed by the United States government as a "specially designated global terrorist", appeared in court alongside six other defendants and denied the charges.

Boko Haram's insurgency to create a hardline Islamic state in northeastern Nigeria has claimed at least 20,000 lives and forced about 2.6 million people to flee their homes. Days later, a militant who identified himself as Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau denied the government's assertion.

This was disclosed by Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman via a statement.

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The number of attacks or attempted attacks bearing the hallmarks of Boko Haram in crowded areas, such as markets and refugee camps, has escalated since the end of the rainy season in late 2016.

Nigeria's military announced in April a year ago that Barnawi - who is also known as Mohammed Usman - had been arrested in Lokoja in central Nigeria.

Regional West African forces freed 5,000 captives from a Boko Haram base in a more than week-long operation that also completely destroyed the militants' hideout in mountains along the Nigeria-Cameroon border, Cameroon said Wednesday.

Justice Tsoho subsequently adjourned the matter to April 11, 2017 for hearing on applications, while the defendants be remanded in Kuje prison.

The Borno Police Command on Wednesday confirmed the death of five persons after an attack by four suicide bombers in Usmanti village near Muna Garage in Maiduguri.