At least two Nigerian soldiers were killed on Saturday by Boko Haram while scores of terrorists were also killed in Borno state, the Nigerian Army said in a statement.
The incident happened along Dukje-Mada road near Gulumba Gana village in Borno state.
“Unfortunately 2 soldiers lost their lives when their vehicle stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) buried along the road, while 4 others sustained injuries. The remains of the gallant soldiers that paid the supreme price and the wounded have been evacuated to Maiduguri,” said Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, Director Army Public Relations.
On Sunday, Nigerian troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE deployed at Forward Operation Base Mainok, laid ambush for suspected Boko Haram terrorists along a track route leading to Alagarno forest, General Usman said.
He said the terrorists were ferrying logistics items to their colleagues.
“The ambush team neutralized 2 Boko Haram terrorists and recovered their weapons, 2 motorcycles, Jerry cans and grounded guinea corn.
“Similarly, troops of 151 Battalion, 21 Brigade Nigerian Army, on routine clearing of bushes to aid unhindered movement of troops discovered multiple Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), connected together laid on the shoulder of the road at a suspected terrorist ambush site along road Banki Junction-Bama. The troops successfully disconnected and recovered them,” he added.
His full statement on the killing of two Nigerian soldiers on Saturday is below
On Saturday 5th August 2017, troops of 151 Battalion, 21 Brigade Nigerian Army, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, sprang an ambush on suspected Boko Haram terrorists along Miyanti-Banki Junction.
The gallant troops neutralized 12 Boko Haram terrorists and recovered 18 bicycles, 30 bags of flour, 1 bag of groundnut, 2 bags of salt, 2 baskets of kola nut and 5 torch lights. Other items recovered a carton of mixed juice sachets, 4 rolls of brocade material, 2 packets of sweet, 1 carton of washing soap, 5 packets of cold patch, 2 packet of Maggi cubes 2 pairs of bathroom slippers, 2 packets of yeasts, 4 packets of Vedan, 2 rolls of sewing thread, 4 kegs of herbicide, 14 packets of insecticide, 1 keg of groundnut oil, a bag of pepper and cash sum of Four Thousand Naira (N4,000.00).
Similarly, troops of 81 Task Force Battalion of 22 Brigade Nigerian Army, on Operation LAFIYA DOLE, on Saturday 5th August 2017, while on patrol cleared Boko Haram terrorists ambush along Dukje-Mada road near Gulumba Gana village. The troops neutralized quite a number of the terrorists’ ambush party and recovered weapons.
Unfortunately 2 soldiers lost their lives when their vehicle stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) buried along the road, while 4 others sustained injuries. The remains of the gallant soldiers that paid the supreme price and the wounded have been evacuated to Maiduguri.
On the same day too, troops of 22 Brigade Garrison Nigerian Army on patrol to Abdiri village, Dikwa Local Government Area, Borno State recovered 9 primed cylinders from the terrorists Improvised Explosive Devices making factory at the area. They destroyed the factory along with the materials.
In addition, on Sunday 6th August 2017, troops of 28 Task Force Brigade Nigerian Army also sprang an ambush against suspected Boko Haram terrorists at Kafin Hausa, Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State. They neutralized one Boko Haram terrorist and recovered an AK-47 rifle with registration number 02527 MTD and a magazine.
Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman
Director Army Public Relations