The Nigerian Army has said its troops of 27 Task Force Brigade, killed 37 terrorists in Borno south during a clearance operation nicknamed “Operation Karya Gwuiwa.”
This is contained in a statement issued by Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman on Saturday night.
The statement read: “In continuation of the ongoing clearance operation against Boko Haram terrorists, troops of 27 Task Force Brigade, Nigerian Army have embarked on a joint Operation nicknamed “Operation KARYA GWUIWA”.
“In line with that, the formation has carried out clearance operations on suspected Boko Haram terrorists hideouts at Ajigin, Golgore, Njibulla, Doksa 1, 2 and 3 villages located at southern parts of Borno State.
“During the operation, they neutralized 37 Boko Haram terrorists at Ajigin and recovered 3 AK-47 rifles.
“Unfortunately, a vigilante group member lost his life while 6 soldiers were wounded during the clearance operation. The corpse of the late vigilante and the wounded soldiers have been evacuated.
“The troops also captured 1 Boko Haram terrorist named Musa Jubril and 1 female believed to be sex slave in captivity by the sect and recovered 8 Motorcycles, stored raw foodstuffs and beddings.
“The troops have continued with the clearance operation and also maintaining blocking positions to further neutralize and destroy any fleeing Boko Haram terrorists.”
In a separate mop up operation, troops killed 5 Boko Haram terrorists in the town of Chukungudu on the southern fringes of the Lake Chad Region, northern parts of Borno State.
The Army spokesman, in a statement, said the operation, which was led by the General Officer Commander of the 7 Division Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu, was carried out between Friday and Saturday.
The statement added: “The gallant troops rescued 85 people, comprising of mostly women and children held hostage by insurgents.
“Similarly, they neutralized 5 Boko Haram terrorists fighters in a fierce encounter that made several of the terrorists running into the Lake Chad waters.
“The troops recovered 4 rounds of Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) bombs, 1 Double Barrel Gun, 349 packets containing various rounds of ammunition, 3 Magazines, a link belt of machine gun ammunition and 1 AK-47 rifle magazine.
“During the clearance operations, the troops made spectacular discovery of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making factory at Geram. In the factory, they found several already primed suicide bombers’ vests. They also discovered a well equipped motor vehicles and motorcycles’ workshop and spare parts where house at Chukungudu village.
“The troops recovered 3 vehicles and several newly acquired motorcycles.
“Unfortunately, a soldier died during the encounter.”