Authorities of the Nigerian Army said on Thursday that five soldiers were killed by Improvised Explosive Device (IED), planted by Boko Haram during a clearance operation in Borno.
The army said its troops still fought through the ambush on clearance operation and killed many of the terrorists.
A statement by Brigadier General Texas Chukwu on the operation said, “Troops of 271 Tasks Force Battalion deployed in Operation Lafiya Dole while on clearance operation along Pridang – Bitta in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State, fought through an ambush staged by elements of Boko Haram Terrorists.
“During the fight troops ran into Improvised Explosive Device (IED) buried along Pridang – Bitta road by Boko Haram Terrorists before encountering the ambush.
“In the fire fight that ensued, the gallant troops fought through the ambush, they neutralized several Boko Haram Terrorists, while others fled with gunshot wounds.
“Sadly, five military personnel paid the supreme price as a result of the Improvised Explosive Device attack.
“The remains of the deceased personnel have been promptly evacuated to 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital.
In a similar operation, the army said three Boko Haram terrorists were killed while nine persons held captive were rescued.
The Army said, “Troops of operation Lafiya Dole while on clearance operation at Jaje, Angwa Audu, Major Ali, Dabu Abdullahi, Dabu Wulkaro and Gori Jaji villages rescued nine (9) persons held hostages by the Boko Haram terrorists.
“Those rescued are two aged men, two females and five children.
“They are currently receiving medical attention at the military facility and will be handed over to the appropriate authority soon.
“Troops also during the encounter neutralized three Boko Haram terrorists.
“Items recovered during the operation include some food stuff concealed underground in holes and several live stocks rustled by the Boko Haram terrorists.
“The general public is once more reminded to report any suspicious persons or activities to the law enforcement agents.”
Director Army Public Relations
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