BREAKING: Soldiers free Nigerian oil workers, others kidnapped by Boko Haram | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper

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At least seven persons kidnapped by Boko Haram on Tuesday have been freed, an official has said.

Recall that a yet to be confirmed number of oil explorers hired by the state oil firm, NNPC, were kidnapped by the terror group, alongside their security aides.
The victims were part of the team exploring for crude in the Lake Chad basin.
Report reaching journalists in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital suggest that at least seven of the abducted persons including members of the NNPC exploration crew were freed after a rescue-mission embarked upon by a joint force of soldiers and local security personnel.
The council chairman of Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno State, Zanna Modu, informed journalists via a phone interview that the rescue was effected on Wednesday after a heated gun battle between soldiers and members of the terror group.
Mr. Modu said of the abducted persons, the troops were able to rescue four Civilian-JTF members, two NNPC personnel and a staff of the University of Maiduguri.
The NNPC had confirmed that it subcontracted part of the exploration to the Geology department of the University of Maiduguri.
The chairman said a large number of Boko Haram fighters were killed during the shootout.
He added that some vehicles belonging to the NNPC were also recovered.
The University of Maiduguri authorities have declined comment on the abduction incident, citing security concerns.
It is not yet clear if any of the abducted oil workers or their security aides still remain with the Boko Haram.

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  1. I weep for this country. News outfit publish inaccurate news. Soldiers and police lie about what actually transpired and innocent Nigerians are being deceived. I was opportune to talk to a victim that escaped with an amputated arm. I was also at UMTH mortuary. The rescue operation was just soldiers going to the scene and picking all the dead bodies. Shikenan. Nobody was rescued. Only five persons escaped out of more than forty in the convoy.

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  4. The earlier the people ignore govt propaganda and avoid those BH infested States, the better for them. Is it not the BH that govt claimed has been defeated and wiped out? My advice for sensible people is to avoid those areas till further notice. Don't believe what govt is saying. Just wasted innocent lives bcos of so-called oil search. Was it not oil that killed Nigeria's economy?

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