It was gathered that the girl who escaped from Boko Haram camp was intercepted by troops of 28 Task Force Brigade deployed in operation LAFIYA DOLE on 29 July 2018, after they successfully repelled an attack by the terrorists.
A statement from the Nigerian army reads;
TROOPS INTERCEPT BOKO HARAM HOSTAGE IN BORNO STATE
1. Troops of 28 Task Force Brigade deployed in operation LAFIYA DOLE on 29 July 2018 intercepted one Zainab Mohammed-15 years, at Gubla who escaped from Boko Haram terrorists camp.
2. Troops also successfully repelled an attack by the terrorists. Items recovered include: a. One AK 47 rifle. b. One Magazine containing four rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition. 3. The hostage will be handed over to the appropriate authority on completion of investigation
This follows up report of Nigerian troops killing 16 Boko Haram terrorists and recovering a weapons cache, during its clearance operation in Mairari village in Monguno Local Government Area of Borno.
Onyema Nwachukwu, Deputy Director Public Relations, Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, disclosed this in a statement released in Maiduguri. Mr Nwachukwu, a colonel, said that the troops also recovered two gun trucks abandoned by the insurgents during the encounter.
“The insurgents in three vehicles, including Gun trucks had infiltrated and attacked the community, when troops at the formation were alerted by locals .
“The troops supported by the Air Task Force swiftly responded to the attack killing 16 insurgents and capturing two trucks loaded with guns abandoned by the insurgents, as they tried escaping, having been overwhelmed by the superior fire power from the troops.
“The gallant troops also recovered 163 Rounds of Anti Aircraft Gun Ammunition during the fierce encounter,” he said.
During the fire fight, he said, four civilians and a soldier unfortunately, sustained varying degrees of injury and have been promptly evacuated to a Military Hospital, where they currently receiving medical attention.
“The FOB has been further reinforced with additional troops, while fighting patrols are on the trail of the insurgents who fled the attack.
He said that normalcy has been restored and the people of Monguno Local Government Area are enjoined to remain vigilant and report any suspicious person(s) or activities as they go about their normal business.