Troops of the Nigerian Army on Tuesday captured a Boko Haram commander and rescued 212 persons held hostage by the terrorists after clearing remnants of the insurgents from some villages in the northern area of Sambisa forest, an official said.
According to a statement by the army spokesperson, Sani Usman, the soldiers also killed four of the terrorists.
Usman said the captured leader, Amman Judee, “Ameer” of Chawa, was undergoing interrogation, while the rescued persons were being documented and under-aged children among them administered oral polio vaccines.
The latest rescue of the 212 victims is the second mass rescue in a week.
The troops had rescued 30 victims on Saturday after soldiers killed 11 Boko Haram suspects in separate battles in eight villages of Bama Local Government Area of Borno.
While the army has continued to achieve successes against the terror group, the Boko Haram still carry out attacks, mainly on soft targets, in various parts of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.
About 100,000 people have been killed since the Boko Haram insurgency began in 2009.