Nigerian troops ‘kill 3 Boko Haram terrorists, arrest one in ambush’

FILE PHOTO: A Nigerian soldier pull down a Boko Haram flag as a mark of victory

The Nigerian Army says its troops killed three Boko Haram terrorists, and arrested one in an ambush at Sabsawa-Boarding Road, and Bocobs-Ngurusoye Road, Borno State.

The operation, led by troops from 202 Battalion of 21 Brigade, took place between Wednesday and Thursday, according to a statement issued on Thursday by acting Director Army Public Relations, Sani Usman.

Mr. Usman said the Boko Haram terrorist, Umar Mustapha, who claimed to have come from Sabsawa, has been handed over to the Brigade Headquarters for further interrogation.

The troops have continued with their clearance operations of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists within the Sambisa forest, Mr. Usman said.

Mr. Usman said another set of troops, from 112 Battalion, who were on patrol from Mafa to Dikwa, were ambushed on Thursday morning at Ajiri village by Boko Haram terrorists.

“Although they (troops) successfully cleared the ambush, one soldier died in the process, an officer and 3 soldiers sustained various degrees of injury,” Usman said.

A civilian JTF that accompanied the patrol team was said to have also been injured.

The army said it killed eight Boko Haram terrorists, discovered and safely defused three Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) concealed by the edge of the road.

The recovered items include, one Rocket Propel Grenade (RPG), AK-47 Rifles, two Rocket Propel Grenade bomb, three AK-47 Rifle Magazine and 120 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.

The body of the late soldier and the injured have since been evacuated to 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital, Maiduguri, the statement said.


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