Boko Haram Operations Claims a Soldier’s Life, Two Soldiers Declared Missing

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Nigerien special forces prepare to fight Boko Haram in Diffa March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Joe Penney

According to NAN, the Nigerian army has confirmed that one soldier died, two are missing and 13 others are wounded. This was during an ongoing operation to rid remnants of terrorists from their hideouts in Borno and Northeast generally.

On Thursday, Brigadier-General Sani Usman said that the operation involved ambushes, cordon and search of the suspected remnants hiding places in the remote areas. In his statement, he said that efforts were ongoing to locate the two missing soldiers.

Usman also added that on Wednesday, troops of 159 Battalion Artillery Detachment based on information and confirmation on the presence of suspected Boko Haram terrorists at Tula Udah Forest, carried out heavy bombardment to neutralise them.

“Similarly, based on a tip-off on the presence of foreign elements of Boko Haram terrorists from Chad and Niger, troops carried out cordon and search operations at Gombe International Hotel, Gombe State.

“However, nothing incriminating was found. More vigilance is being maintained in the area,’’ Usman said.

Usman said that one Boko Haram camp was destroyed during the exercise and two vehicles recovered, adding that the owner of one of the recovered vehicles was also arrested.

He said during the operations, 505 people, including male, female and children were rescued, while nine arrests, including six suspected terrorists, two fraudsters and one drug peddler were arrested.

 

Source: NAN

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