Maiduguri — Troops from the 'Operation Lafiya Dole' Command of the Nigerian Army have recaptured Alagarno forest in Kala-Balge LGA of Borno State from Boko Haram militants, killing 35 of them and destroying their camps, the Theatre Commander, Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, said yesterday.
Irabor told newsmen in Maiduguri yesterday that his troops also arrested two militants alive, recovered many sophisticated weapons and rescued 567 captives.
He said in the process to recapture Kala-Balge, the troops cleared Wumbi, Tunish and Tilen villages, killing 15 militants, destroying their camps, two Toyota pickup vehicles, four counter trucks and recovering weapons and equipment.
"Our troops are currently conducting clearing operation in the local government to destroy the remnants of those who fled in course of that operation," Irabor said.
He noted that the forest had served as the spiritual headquarters of the militants. He added that during the operation, five soldiers were wounded and were currently in hospital.