The Nigerian Army has on Friday said that its troops killed 11 members of the Islamic terror group, Boko Haram, even as it lost a soldier, while 3 soldiers sustained various degrees of injuries in several attacks carried out to flush out remnants of the sect in Borno state.
According to a statement issued by the acting Director Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, the ambush on Thursday night and another one on Friday morning left no fewer than 11 members of the sect dead, while a soldier was killed and three others sustained injury in Sabsawa and Ajiri villages of Konduga and Mafa local government areas of Borno state.
The statement read: “The troops of 202 Battalion ambushed Boko Haram elements at Sabsawa-Boarding road and BOCOBS-Ngurusoye road in Borno state killing 3 terrorists and arrested one of them between 1st-2nd June 2016.
“The captured Boko Haram terrorist, Umar Mustapha, who claimed to have come from Sabsawa, has been handed over to the Brigade Headquarters for further interrogation and processing.
“The troops have continued with their clearance operations of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists within the Sambisa forest.
“In a related development, earlier this morning, troops of 112 Battalion on patrol from Mafa to Dikwa were ambushed at Ajiri village, by Boko Haram terrorists.
“Although they successfully cleared the ambush, one soldier died in the process, an officer and 3 soldiers sustained various degrees of injury. “One of the civilian JTF accompanying the patrol team was also injured.
“The team killed 8 Boko Haram terrorists and recovered arms and ammunitions at the ambush site.
“The recovered items include, 1 Rocket Propel Grenade (RPG), AK-47 Rifles, 2 Rocket Propel Grenade bomb, 3 AK-47 Rifle Magazine and 120 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.
“The troops also discovered 3 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) concealed by the edge of the road which were safely detonated by the Explosive Ordnance Device (EOD) team.
“The body of the late soldier and the injured has since been evacuated to 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital, Maiduguri.