- The Nigerian Army said its troops killed three Boko Haram insurgents in Borno while others escaped with gunshot wounds
- The troops also reportedly recovered some weapons from the insurgents
- The Army urged members of the public to report persons seen with gunshot wounds seeking medical attention to security agencies
The Nigerian Army on Tuesday, August 28, said it killed three Boko Haram insurgents when it dislodged an ambush staged by the terrorists in Gulumba-Gana Area in Dikwa local government area of Borno state.
Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, deputy director of public relations, Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, disclosed this in a statement in Maiduguri made available to NAIJ.com.
Nwachukwu said the insurgents staged an ambush but were repelled and neutralised by troops of 81 Division Task Force Battalion deployed in Operation Lafiya Dole.
“Shortly before the ambush, the troops who were on a fighting patrol had uncovered two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) buried in the ground by the terrorists along the road.
“While the troops carried out counter IED actions to disarm the explosives, the insurgents sprang from the ambush but met with fierce resistance by the troops, who swiftly countered the ambush, killing three of the insurgents, while others fled with gunshot wounds,” he said.
He explained that the troops also recovered two AK 47 rifles; one Light Machine Gun and an empty magazine from the terrorists.
Nwachukwu said one of the troops who unfortunately sustained an injury during the encounter was receiving medical attention in a medical facility.
In a separate operation, Nwachukwu said that the troops of 3 Battalion, had successfully staged an ambush against Boko Haram insurgents traversing a crossing point behind Ngala town, Borno on Tuesday, August 28.
He said the troops neutralised one Boko Haram insurgent and recovered one AK 47 rifle and seven rounds of 7.62 MM ammunition during the ambush.
“Following the escape of some insurgents with gunshot wounds during encounters with troops, members of the public are enjoined to report persons seen with gunshot wounds seeking medical attention, to security agencies,” he said.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari made a surprise visit to troops battling bandits, kidnappers and criminals in Zamfara and neighbouring states under Operations Sharan Daji and Diran Mikiya on Saturday, August 25.
This happened before he boarded his Air Force plane at Umaru Musa Yar’Adua International Airport, Katsina, to Abuja.
Buhari praised the troops for their service and dedication to the nation, urging them to remain ‘‘ruthless’’ in the battle against the criminals.
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