ABUJA, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Nigerian troops have rescued three victims kidnapped by terror group Boko Haram in the country's northeast region, the army said on Monday.
The victims, rescued earlier in the day, regained their freedom after a gunfight by the troops and some Boko Haram militants at the village of Firgi in Bama town of the northeastern state of Borno, said Col. Aminu Iliyasu, a spokesman for the army.
Iliyasu said the troops blocked and engaged the Boko Haram militants in a fierce gunfight, following a piece of information.
A truckload of grains was also recovered by the troops during the gunfight, as the militants succumbed to the superior firepower of the army by abandoning the truck and fled in disarray, he added.
In a similar development, the army confirmed the arrest of four high profile kidnappers in Nigeria's oil-rich state of Rivers while raiding their suspected hideouts.
The suspects had been on the wanted list of local security agencies, the army said, adding the suspects are currently undergoing interrogations.