A woman being held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State has given birth to a baby boy shortly after she was freed by Nigerian troops on Sunday, the Army said in a statement on Monday.
Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman , the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, said the woman was among the 275 persons freed from Boko Haram in Borno State during clearance operations around Madawaya general area.
“Both mother and the child are doing fine,” he said.
The operations left at least 15 terrorists dead and an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making factory cleared in addition to some weapons seized.
The operations were carried out by troops of 152 Task Force Battalion in conjunction with troops of Sector 1 of Multinational Joint Task Force on Sunday.
“The troops cleared terrorists in Madawaya, Jere, Kardile, Koujili, Ngenere and Maksamari, as well as Douse, Bembem, Zombulum and Taraji villages. In addition, they recovered several vehicles and motorcycles,” Colonel Usman said.
He added: “They also discovered and destroyed the Boko Haram terrorists’ IED making factory at Bula Umara and killed 15 terrorists in the same area. In addition, the troops recovered an AK-47 rifle, 4 fully loaded magazines with 7.62mm ammunitions, 2 power generating sets, welding machines, assorted batteries and solar panels.
“Other items recovered include drums of beans and other grains as well as Bandolier”.