Touching account of how soldiers died trying to rescue hostages from Boko Haram

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A Nigerian soldier, Femi Adeolu has given an account of what transpired when troops tried to rescue hostages from Boko Haram including Sera Luka who was later identified as one of the Chibok girls.

The army had earlier released a statement giving details of how the rescue was carried out.

“At about 11.00am today, Thursday, May 16, troops of 231 Battalion, 331 Artillery Regiment (AR), Detachment of Armed Forces Special Forces (AFSF) 2, Explosive Ordinance (EOD) Team and Civilian Vigilante group of Buratai, conducted clearance operations at Shettima Aboh, Hong and Biladdili general area in Damboa local government area of Borno state.


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“During the operations, the troops killed 35 Boko Haram terrorists and recovered several arms and ammunitions and other items. In addition, they rescued 97 women and children held captives by the Boko Haram terrorists.
“We are glad to state that among those rescued is a girl believed to be one of the Chibok government secondary school girls that were abducted on 14th April 2014 by the Boko Haram terrorists. Her name is Miss Serah Luka, who is number 157 on the list of the abducted school girls.

“She is believed to be the daughter of Pastor Luka. During debriefing the girl revealed that she was a JSS1 student of the school at the time they were abducted. She further added that she hails from Madagali, Adamawa state. She averred that she reported at the school barely two months and one week before her unfortunate abduction along with other girls over two years ago. She added that there other three girls who fled from Shettima Aboh when the troops invaded the area earlier today which led to their rescue. She is presently receiving medical attention at the medical facility of Abogo Largema Cantonment, Biu, Borno state.”

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Adeolu via his Instagram page gave a personal account of what transpired and how he lost his friend in the rescue mission.

He wrote: I cant forget this day…. The day we rescued the second chibok girl Sera Luka from the hands of her abductors. It wasnt easy that day, 35 of Terrorist died in a firefight and we rescued 79 hostages, mostly women and children including her. I hated that day because it was the day i lost my buddy, brother and a fighter! We were unable to return fire because they were using the hostages as bullet cover… We cant engage directly even as we were massively fired at… Hundreds of them fled, but we managed to rescue few , dislodged them, burn down there camps and recovered mass number of weapons and ammunitions. We advanced tactically towards them even when they were firing and we coundnt return fire , with the aid of MRAPs we moved. I was in a hilux, the hilux had over 15 bullet hole and a chattered wind screen! Only Almighty Allah saves!

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