Troops of the Nigerian Army on Monday killed at least 58 Boko Haram terrorists and seized arms and foodstuff being ferried to the group, the Army has said.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, said in a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES Tuesday that the terrorists were killed by troops of the Army’s 153 Task Force Brigade and 5 Brigade who executed a clearance operation at the Musari area of Borno State.
“In continuation with the clearance of the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists, troops of 153 Task Force Brigade, 5 Brigade on Monday had an encounter with terrorists at Musari village on Monday,” Mr. Usman, a colonel said in the statement.
“During the clearance operations, a soldier paid the supreme price, while the troops killed 58 terrorist and recovered 2 hand grenades, 52 motorcycles, several bags of foodstuffs such as beans, onions, sweet potatoes and guinea corn, as well as cartons of fish.”
News of the terrorists’ death came shortly before the Army announced the “remarkable success” its 29 Task Force Brigade was making in another clearance operation aimed at smoking out more insurgents from their hideouts.
“Within the last two days the units under the Brigade cleared the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists hibernating in the following areas; Abukarti, Baradili, Borgozo, Gaijaribul Abukar, kolomi, Marguba, Umarumi and Yasori 1 and 2,” Mr. Usman said.
“The gallant troops also recovered several items including one single barrel gun, motorcycles, drums and bags of millet and dead cattle that ran into Improvised Explosive Device (IED) buried by the Boko Haram terrorists.
“Similarly, the troops detonated an IED in one of the buildings at Yasori 1. It was equally discovered that prior to the clearance, the terrorists have also been frequenting Borgozo general area which they used as harbour and staging area when conducting their nefarious activities.”