In continuation of the mop up operations to clear communities on the fringes of Boko Haram terrorists and destroy their hideouts, soldiers of 8 Task Force Division have engaged the group in a gun fight leading to the death of 13 members of terrorists.
A statement signed by the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations and spokesman of 8 division, Col. Timothy Antigha also noted that scores of the terrorists escaped with gunshot wounds as evidenced by blood strains in several areas through which they flee into the bush.
Col Antigha said, “In the ongoing clearance operation around the fringes of Lake Chad, troops of 8 Task Force Division have continued to hit the few remaining Boko Haram hideouts and what is left of their logistics holding.
“In the last 72 hours, gallant troops operating in Chikun Gudu, Tumbuma Karami and Tumbuma Baba have neutralized 13 Boko Haram terrorists, while many others escaped with gunshot wounds.
“Similarly, troops recovered 3 AK 47 and 1 pump action riffles, assorted riffle magazines and 306 rounds of ammunition, tool box, deep freezer and a Toyota gun truck.
“In the same vein, troops destroyed 2 other Toyota Hilux vehicles, 1 Toyota truck, 2 Motorcycles and 6 bicycles.
“In a related development, troops of 242 Battalion, acting on a tip off, rounded up 10 suspected Boko Haram smugglers.
“The suspects comprising 6 females and 4 males were arrested in Monguno and Nolwodo Malgori with assorted house – hold items, food stuff and 63, 060 Naira cash.
“The suspects are being profiled to determine the extent of their involvement in Boko Haram insurgency.”
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