Chris Steven, Abuja
It was another successful outing for Nigerian Army on Sunday as its troops of 21 Brigade and Civilian JTF conducted a fighting patrol to Zangebe, Maiwa, Algaiti and Mainari villages during which they killed six Boko Haram terrorists and wounded several others.
A statement by the acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col Sani Usman, disclosed that the troops also liberated over 5,000 persons held hostages by Boko Haram terrorists and recovered five motorcycles and similar number of bicycles.
The statement also said the troops of 7 Division Garrison Rapid Deployment Force (RDF) II, in conjunction with some of elements of Mobile Police Force and Civilian JTF on Sunday also conducted Boko Haram terrorists clearance operations at Masu Yiwa, Ladin Buta, Bazaka, Kesa Gala, Tabla, Fahinde, Shirori, Gizina, Maska Aribe, Maska and Maska Lawanti villages, all in Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State.
“During the clearance operations, the troops encountered Boko Haram terrorists at Maska Lawanti in which they killed two terrorists and recovered two motorcycles.
“Unfortunately, we lost 1 Civilian JTF, while a soldier and one Mobile Policeman were wounded in action. The body of the heroic Civilian JTF and the wounded soldier and his police counterpart have since been evacuated to Maiduguri.
While we commiserate with the families of the departed Civilian JTF, we wish to state that the wounded are in stable condition and responding to treatment, Col Usman stated.
In a related development, troops of 192 Battalion, 26 Task Force Brigade and some vigilantes alos embarked on fighting patrol along Kusarha-Zalidava general area today.
“The patrol team encountered some elements of Boko Haram around Zalidava-Weige villages in which they killed 2 Boko Haram terrorists and recovered 1 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) with registration number FN 132125, a belt of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition containing 42 rounds.
Sadly, one of the vigilantes sustained an injury on his eye. However, he is getting better.” The Army Spokesperson said
Chris Steven, Abuja