Nigerian troops executing the ongoing operations to mop up fleeing Boko Haram insurgents have killed two armed insurgents and injured many others amidst harsh weather conditions around Sambisa forest.
In Marguba village of Kaga local government area, Borno State, which shares common borders with Sambisa forest, the soldiers, supported by Civilian-JTF operatives, were able to subdue a roving gang of Boko Haram fighters in an ambush attack.
Two of the Boko Haram gunmen died while others fled with gunshot wounds.
The spokesman of the Nigeria Army, Colonel Sani Usman, said the weather conditions around Sambisa environs was making motoring difficult for advancing troop whose vehicles and war machines continued to get stuck in the marshy terrain.
His statement reads;
“In their bid to clear the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists hiding in some parts of the North Eastern of the country, troops have intensified efforts on clearance operations.
It is in this regard that the 29 Brigade Quick Reaction Force (QRF), in conjunction with Civilian JTF carried out an ambush against Boko Haram terrorists east of Marguba village in Kaga Local Government Area, Borno State yesterday Friday.
“The troops killed 2 of the Boko Haram terrorists, while some of them sustained gunshot wounds as could be seen from traces of blood during mopping up. They also recovered 1 AK-47 rifle with 29 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, a bow and arrows, a Tecno mobile telephone handset, 1 wallet and an Identity Card of Animal Dealers Association, amongst other items.
“In a related development, troops along with Civilian JTF have continued clearance operations within Sambisa forest despite harsh climatic conditions and bad terrain occasioned by heavy down rainfalls especially within Gombale area. Despite bugging down of vehicles and equipment because of the bad terrain, the troops have continued with their clearance operations.”