Nigerian troops battling insurgency in the northeastern part of Nigeria have been ambushed by some of the insurgents.
According to the spokesperson of the Nigerian army, Colonel Usman Kukasheka Usman, in a press statement made available on his Facebook page, about four soldiers were wounded during the operation.
He wrote: “Yesterday troops of 7 Division Strike Group Team B (7 DSGB), attached to 21 Brigade, along with 4 Civilian JTF, carried out clearance operation of suspected remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in Warpaya, Zenteleye, Mubarka, Jadawa and Yerwa villages.
“During the operations, they encountered and engaged elements of Boko Haram terrorists in Jadawa and Yerwa in which they killed 7 terrorists. Unfortunately 4 soldiers were wounded in action.
“The troops also recovered one Fabrique Nationale (FN) rifle with registration number ANT 015 (B/B No 0058), 2 motorcycles and 2 mobile phones. As the operations continued, the team also intercepted some of the Boko Haram terrorists with 75 rustled cows and 25 stolen sheep.
“While returning to base, the team was ambushed by suspected elements of Boko Haram terrorists. But the troops rose to the occasion and successfully cleared the ambush. They also encountered serious hardship because of bugging down of vehicles occasioned by marshy terrain.”
Colonel Usman further informed that in a related development, “troops of 114 Task Force Battalion of 28 Task Force Brigade, in conjunction with some members of vigilante group, also carried out similar exercise at suspected Boko Haram terrorists hideouts at Mbale and Madube on Monday.
“During the operation, the troops killed 5 Boko Haram terrorists, while some of them were believed to escape with gun shot wounds. The troops rescued 22 persons held captives by the terrorists; comprising of 10 females, 6 males and 6 children. In addition, they also recovered 2 bicycles, 2 gas cylinders and 2 Dane Guns in the process.
“Their counterparts at 143 Battalion also conducted patrol up to Fattude, Gershisha, Wakara, Gadamayo and Barai villages.
“While troops of 115 Task Force Battalion along with about 60 vigilantes also carried out patrol at Kilekasa and Kopchi villages. They however observed that Kopchi has merged with Kikelasa village.”
Meanwhile, the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) alongside Nigerian troops have weathered the storm to conquer Boko Haram insurgents in Sambisa forest, Borno state.
In a statement issued by Colonel Usman, the troops and other security operatives ambushed and killed some Boko Haram members in the region.
The statement read in part: “In their bid to clear the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists hiding in some parts of the North Eastern of the country, troops have intensified efforts on clearance operations.”