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7 Suspected Boko Haram Terrorists Killed, Many Flee In Clearance Operations In Borno

BORNO, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Military Monday said the troops of 114 Task Force Battalion of 28 Task Force Brigade in conjunction with members of vigilante group have killed four suspected Boko Haram terrorists and arrested fleeing members during a clearance operations along Bitta-Damboa axis and other areas.

Defence Headquarters (DHQ) said the troops carried out clearance patrol from Bitta up to Junction point at Gambori village, Borno State.

During the operation, five soldiers were wounded, their Buffalo vehicle was badly damaged, with an unconfirmed number of them escaped with gun shot wounds.

The patrol recovered 6 bicycles and food storage facility laden with foodstuffs. They also discovered and safely detonated 1 Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at Madube village.

In the meantime, the wounded soldiers have been evacuated to 23 Brigade medical facility in Yola for further treatment.

In a related development, troops of 22 Brigade Garrison accompanied with civilian JTF at Albanya village and its environs along Dikwa-Marte axis encountered Boko Haram terrorists at Sinabaya village which is left of Marte-Kaje road in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State.

During the encounter, they killed three and apprehended 11 suspected Boko Haram terrorists.

The patrol team also recovered 1 AK-47 rifle with registration number N37113 and 5 AK-47 rifle magazines.

Other items recovered included a 36 hand grenade, 3 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, 4 motorcycles, 3 bicycles, 1 magazine pouch and 1 mobile telephone handset.

The arrested terrorists DHQ informed, have been moved to the Brigade Headquarters for preliminary interrogation and subsequent handing over to the Joint Interrogation Committee.

Similarly, another patrol team from the same unit in conjunction with some elements of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps picketed Dikwa-Mafa-Maiduguri road in order to keep it open and safe against Boko Haram terrorists activities.

The same team, Military said escorted International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) humanitarian materials from Maiduguri to Dikwa and Gamboru Ngala Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in collaboration with troops of 7 Division Garrison.

Defence also confirmed that as at today, there are in the country 68, 653 IDPs at Dikwa camp that comprised 31, 296 males and 37,356 females.

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