The Nigerian Army has disclosed that its troops killed three Boko Haram terrorists at Mairari village in Monguno, Borno state.
This was disclosed in a statement on Monday by the Deputy Director Army Public Relations, 8 Task Force Divison, Col. Timothy Antigha.
He said the troops on Sunday ambushed the terrorists, who were working as cattle rustlers, while trying to enter Maiduguri.
The Army spokesperson said the insurgents were on their way to the Lingir village market to sell the rustled cattle.
Antigha noted that several other members escaped with gunshot wounds while one soldier sustained injuries in the encounter.
He explained that one other Boko Haram insurgent was also killed by the troops at Buruwa village.
Antigha said: ”In furtherance of clearance exercise of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, troops of 8 Division Mobile Strike Team (MST) deployed at Forward Operations Base Mairari, on Sunday 8th October, 2017; ambushed a Boko Haram terrorists’ cattle rustling syndicate trying to cross into Maiduguri to sell the rustled cattle, at Lingir village.
”During the encounter, the ambush party neutralized three Boko Haram terrorists, while some of them escaped with gunshot wounds.
”The troops recovered 5 AK-47 rifles, 5 Magazines, 11 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 1 metal box containing clothes and a horse.
”Unfortunately, one soldier sustained injury during the encounter. The injured soldier has been evacuated to the 8 Task Force Division Medical centre at Monguno, where he is receiving further medical attention.
”The MST also followed up with pursuit up to Buruwa village around Gassawa general area, where they neutralized another Boko Haram terrorist and recovered an AK-47 rifle from him.”