At least 14 Boko haram terrorists have been killed and 38 civilians rescued in two separate operations in Gubio and Marte local government areas of Borno state on Tuesday, November 1, 2016.
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This is contained in a statement issued by the acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman.
According to the statement, the troops foiled a suicide attack in Gubio by a gang of eight terrorists about 9:15am.
The statement read; “The suicide bombers who came in a Bedford pick-up vehicle primed with Improvised Explosive Devices, attempted to force their way through the checkpoint but met stiff resistance from troops who insisted that the vehicle be thoroughly checked.”
The statement added that the suicide bombers refused and blew up themselves by detonating one of the suicide vests, killing all the eight of them.
Speaking on the matter, the Caretaker Chairman of Gubio Local Government, Hon Zanna Modu Gubio, stated that following the incident, security operatives in the state had to commence on a full-scale patrol of the entire area with a view to preventing further attacks.
The Army tweeted:
— Nigerian Army (@HQNigerianArmy) November 1, 2016
In the same vein, the troops of ‘Operation Hard Knock’ during clearance operation killed 6 Boko Haram terrorists while 38 civilians hidden in remote area of northern Borno state along Nigeria and Niger borders were rescued yesterday.
A statement made available to newsmen in Maiduguri by the Deputy Director Army Public Relations 8Task Force Division Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, said as operations progressed, troops had cleared pockets of insurgents from their hideouts in Momo and Tunshe villages around Marte.
He said, “In respect of ongoing Operation HARDKNOCK carried out by troops of 8 Task Force Division, the troops have rescued 19 women and 19 children held hostages in Dumba village by the terrorists. During the rescue operation, the troops also neutralized 6 Boko Haram insurgents while others fled with gunshot wounds, leaving behind 22 motorcycles, flags and other items.”