Ten Boko Haram members were killed by troops of the Nigeria Army in a major operation in the border areas of Borno State during which two of the insurgents were captured alive, a military statement said.
A woman, who was held captive alongside her suckling baby, was rescued in the raided camp located in Gamboru Ngala Local Government area of Borno State.
Spokesman for the Nigeria Army, Sani Kukasheka Usman, said the soldiers of the 3 Battalion, 22 Task Force Brigade, embarked on the operation after receiving intelligence about the insurgents’ location on Friday.
Mr. Usman, who is the Acting Director Army Public Relations, said “the troops were able to kill 10 Boko Haram terrorists, captured 2 alive and rescued a woman with her baby that were held hostages by the terrorists”.
Part of Colonel Usman’s speech reads that, “The troops also recovered several equipment, arms and ammunition that include 6 AK-47 rifle magazines, 56 rounds of 7.62m (Special) rounds of ammunitions, 1 bundle of detonating cord, a Manual on how to prepare Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) 2 rifle magazine pouches, a Techno IPad, a Nokia mobile telephone handset and 1 Gionee mobile telephone handset.
“Others include 1 Digital Multimetre, 6 SIM cards, 3 Memory cards and 1 Airtel Modem containing memory card also. The troops also recovered a wristwatch, 2 Islamic books, an empty bag and 2 Motorcycles.”
He said the captured terrorists are “undergoing preliminary interrogation, while rescued woman and her child are receiving necessary attention pending onward movement to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camp”.
In a similar encounter, the army spokesman said “another element of the Battalion also conducted another fighting patrol to Wumbi village based on received information on the presence of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in the area. The patrol team recovered 157 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition and 37 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition”.