Troops kill Boko Haram fighters in Borno

The military has depleted the ranks of Boko Haram fighters with the killing of many of the terrorists by troops of 26 Task Force Brigade in Gwoza, Borno State. Two key members of Boko Haram have also been arrested in Geidam, Yobe State.

The suspects are being interrogated. Also, the Nigeria Air Force has intensified aerial bombardment of Sambisa forest, the stronghold of the terrorists in Borno State.

The suspected insurgents, according to a statement yesterday by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, were fleeing aerial bombardment of Sambisa forest by the Nigerian Air Force, when they were engaged by the Special Forces.

They were said to be escaping in seven pickup vans and motorbikes mounted with Anti-Aircraft (AA) Guns, Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs), among other assorted weapons. Patrol and other offensive actions against Boko Haram in the area have also been intensified.

“Troops of 26 Task Force Brigade in Gwoza, Borno State, yesterday (Tuesday) evening engaged Boko Haram terrorists fleeing Sambisa forest following continued aerial bombardment by the Nigerian Air Force.

“The fleeing terrorists in seven pick-up vans and some motorcycles mounted with assorted weapons such as Rocket Propelled Grenades and Anti-Aircraft Guns were decisively dealt with, killing quite a number of them.

“The troops also destroyed their vehicles, weapons and motorcycles. They also recovered a vehicle, one motorcycle and two AK47 riffles and large quantities of 7.62mm NATO and 12.7mm ammunitions,” the army said

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