Troops Rescue 85 Hostages Near Lake Chad

Troops of 7 Division of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, led by the General Officer Commanding (GOC), Brig-General Victor Ezugwu, have rescued 85 Boko Haram hostages, mostly women and children, in Chukungudu, on the fringe of Lake Chad.

The troops neutralised five insurgents in an encounter where several terrorists ran into the Lake Chad waters.

Four rounds of Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) bombs, double-barrel gun, 349 packets containing ammunition, three magazines, link belt of machine gun ammunition and AK-47 rifle were recovered.

An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making factory was found at Geram, with several already-primed suicide vests.

A well-equipped vehicle and motorcycle workshop as well as spare parts warehouse were discovered at Chukungudu, with three vehicles and motorcycles found.

A soldier died during the encounter.

Acting Army Director of Public Relations Col. Sani Usman said in line with the Rules of Engagement, the IED factory, vehicles and motorcycles were destroyed.

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Troops rescue 85 hostages near Lake Chad

No Boko Haram Flag Hoisted Near Chibok- Army

The Nigerian Army has refuted the report that Boko Haram insurgents have hoisted flags in some communities near Chibok, Borno State.

A statement by the army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, said the troops of the Operations Lafiya Dole are maintaining a high level of vigilance in and around the area to forestall infiltration by the terrorists.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) had yesterday reported that the insurgents hoisted their flags in three villages in northern Borno, after over-running the area.The report said the attack followed another one on Monday evening in three villages of Kubirivour, Boftari and Kuburmbalah.

According to the report, it led to the death of eight people, including a village elder.

The elder was said to have been slaughtered by the terrorists, as other villagers scampered into the near by bushes for safety.

Usman said there was no presence of the sect near the reported location.

According to the army spokesman, “At about 4.35pm, suspected remnants of the sect attacked Boftari, which is about 15 kilometres from Chibok town.

“On receipt of the information, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole stationed in Forward Operation Base Chibok, mobilised to the area. The troops encountered the terrorists’ ambush site shortly before Kuburmbula village. They quickly cleared the ambush and proceeded to Boftari.

“Unfortunately, the terrorists had set some houses on fire and fled. The troops put out the fire and are currently on the hunt for the terrorists.”

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Boko Haram Kills 11 Near Chibok

A Boko Haram attack on Kuburvwa village of Borno State has left at least 11 people dead.

Residents of the agrarian community said they buried 11 corpses on Monday after the Sunday evening attack. Several women and girls living in the community, close to Chibok were over 200 girls were kidnapped in 2014, are also yet to be accounted for.

A local security operative, who craved anonymity for safety reasons, said that “many women, mostly married, were raped while others were taken away by the gunmen”.

The spokesperson of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Abbas Gava, confirmed the attack to journalists in Maiduguri.

“The attack took place in Kuburvwa village which is located between Chibok and Damboa towns. According to reports we received from our operatives in that area, the Boko Haram gunmen invaded the village at night on Sunday and began to shoot.

“Many women, including house wives, were raped by the gunmen who also killed at least 11 persons.

“According to our men, who called us from Chibok, many people that fled the village into the bushes have not returned to the community as at Monday morning.”

Mr. Gava said his group, which works closely with the Nigerian military does not have “the exact number of women that were reportedly abducted by the gunmen.”

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Man Sets Himself On Fire Near Prince William, Kate’s Palace

A man set himself on fire in the early hours of Tuesday outside Kensington Palace, the central London home of Prince William and his wife Kate, and later died of his injuries, British police said.

Two fire extinguishers could be seen next to a police tent set up at the scene of the incident near the large windows of the palace’s Orangery.

Two people in white forensic suits put a green petrol canister in a transparent evidence bag under a tree nearby, an AFP photographer saw.

There was a strong smell of petrol at the scene, which was cordoned off to tourists.

“This incident is not being treated as terrorist-related,” the police said in a statement.

Officers were called to an area near the locked parks of the palace at 3:06am (0306 GMT) “following reports of a man behaving suspiciously” the police said in a statement.

“Officers attended and found a man, believed to be aged in his forties, ablaze,” the statement said.

The man could not be saved and was declared dead half an hour after emergency services arrived on site.

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