Nigerian troops have located 260 woman and children in the outskirts of Chalawa village in Adamawa State where they had been held up while trying to escape from terrorists.
Some of them told the military that they had to abandon their homes to escape from the terrorists when Madagali came under attack, while others were abducted, but left in the area by fleeing terrorists.
In a statement on Sunday, the military said: “They have now been conveyed back to their various communities in Madagali after undergoing the normal security profiling.
Military spokesman, Major General Chris Olukolade, confirmed the development. He said they were located on Saturday.
According to him, a number of terrorists died in an encounter with troops who caught up with them as they fled prior to the recovery of the women and children.
“Some of the terrorists still managed to escape with varying degrees of gunshot wounds. Others who were captured are now being interrogated by intelligence officers.
“A machine gun, some rounds of ammunition, as well as some motorcycles and bicycles were also captured from the terrorists. A member of the vigilante group serving as ?uide to the troops was however wounded,” the military said in a statement.
The Boko Haram terrorists were sacked from Madagali recently.
Meanwhile the operation in Sambisa forest is continuing as troops are searching every aspect of the expansive terrain.
The Military had earlier released a video of the counter-terrorism aerial operations in Sambisa Forest, with terrorists seen fleeing the forest.