ABUJA, Nigeria, March 29 (UPI) -- The Nigerian army rescued 72 people held hostage by Boko Haram in what it called "clearance operations" in northeastern Nigeria.
The government has said it is in the final stages of ridding the country of the territorial ambitions of the Islamist terrorist organization, which has links to the Islamic State. A statement by the army said that in several actions Sunday, 29 Boko Haram members were killed and 18 captives, in three villages in the Iza region, and 54 more in Madube, were freed. Nine of the 18 people rescued in Iza were children. Caches of weapons, ammunition, grain and equipment were also taken by the army.
A statement by army spokesman Col. Sani Usman said a soldier was seriously injured during the Madube operation when he stepped on an improved explosive device.