The Nigerian Army says troops from 223 Battalion, 1 Brigade, on Wednesday, prevented cattle rustlers from attacking two villages in Adamawa State.
Eighteen of the armed bandits were killed, while several others were wounded by the troops during the encounter, said a statement released on Thursday by the army.
The statement, signed by the acting Director of Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, said the troops, acting on tip off, laid ambush for the bandits who were on their way to attack Ruwan Tofa and Babban Doka, in Dansadau District of Maru Local Government Area.
The bandits were in large numbers, and were riding on motorcycles, the statement said.
The troops recovered 11 AK-47 rifles, one G3 rifles, one locally-made pistol, 11 magazines of AK-47 rifle, a magazine of G3 rifle and 161 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunitions.
The army said the troops went further to destroy the bandits’ camp at Babban Doka general area.
The army said the troops were combing the area for the remnants of the bandits, and appealed to members of the public to continue to assist the army with information on cattle rustlers and other criminals in the area.
Nigerian troops, who were carrying out clearance and rescue operation in Sambisa forest, Borno State, were able to successfully repel an attack from Boko Haram fighters, Wednesday, the army said.
The Boko Haram terrorists, said to have driven in five Toyota Hilux trucks, mounted with anti-aircraft guns, attacked the troops around 7p.m.
The army said the attack lasted for 40 minutes, and at the end, the troops were able to overpower Boko Haram, and killed an unconfirmed number of its fighters.
The troops recovered an 81mm mortar tube from the terrorists.
The army said troops from 7 Division, during a special operation at Chingurimi, Walasa and Masa villages on Wednesday, rescued more than 400 persons who were held hostage by Boko Haram.
Quite a number of Boko Haram fighters were killed, while the troops recovered one AK-47 rifle, six rounds of 7.62mm, 295 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO), 12 Dane Guns, 21 unserviceable mobile telephone handsets and one serviceable as well as150 different SIM cards.
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