2 soldiers injured as troops kill 5, capture a Boko Haram commander

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Nigeria Army has said that its troops in Borno State have killed five Boko Haram terrorists and captured a top commander of the insurgent group.

It however said that two soldiers were unfortunately injured in the process, but had been evacuated by the Nigerian Air Force and are responding to treatment.

Col. Onyeama Nwachukwu, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations of Operation Lafiya Dole, who stated this in a statement in Maiduguri, explained that the development followed the ongoing operation in Sambisa Forest and the Lake Chad basin.

He added that the troops in the past two days had rescued three civilians, recovered vehicles and high calibre ammunition in various operations.

According to Nwachukwu, troops had on Thursday engaged and neutralised a number of fleeing insurgents while attempting to escape the military blocking position in one of the cleared enclaves ‘Sabil-Huda’, deep in Sambisa Forest.

He listed G-III rifle magazine, one life jacket, a light Machine Gun metal link, four rounds of Anti-Aircraft ammunition, four rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition and three rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, as weapons recovered by the troops.

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He said, “Unfortunately, two soldiers were injured in the process; they had been evacuated by the Nigerian Air Force and are responding to treatment.”

Nigerian Army has been under attack following the shocking abduction of 105 schoolgirls in Yobe State, after it had obstinately maintained its boast hat the terrorist group had been defeated.


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