The Nigerian Army says it lost an officer and 3 soldiers to an Improvised Explosive Device explosion in Kangarwa and Alagarno village in Borno State.

The explosion occurred when their patrol vehicle encountered the explosive buried on the road by suspected terrorists.

A spokesman for the Army, Brigadier-General Sani Usman, confirmed the incident in a statement on Friday, while giving update on troops’ clearance operations in the North-East between Tuesday and Thursday.

He said 3 other soldiers sustained various degrees of injuries, while the patrol vehicle was completely damaged.

Usman, however, said 3 suspected terrorists, who planted the explosive and hid themselves were killed.

Apart from clearance operations, troops stationed at Banki in Borno rendered humanitarian assistance to over 887 Nigerian refugees who returned from Cameroon since Tuesday.

The also handed over Miss Jada Hachaba, who was abducted by the terrorists to her mother at Gulak in Adamawa.

Brigadier-General Usman explained that Hachaba escaped from the terrorists’ captivity and was found by the military which handed her over in the presence of the District Head of Gulak.

At Buni Yadi in Yobe State, Usman said that troops in the period under review discovered a 122mm D30 unexploded ordinance inside an uncompleted building at the Federal Low Cost Housing Estate.

He said the Explosive Ordinance Team was drafted into the scene to safely detonated the explosive.