At least three suspected members of Boko Haram terrorist group have been killed by troops in clearance operations in Nigeria's northeast. 

The terrorists were killed after exchange of gunfire with troops of the Nigerian Army.

A statement by the Nigerian Army said troops of 21 Brigade led by a Brigade Commander on a clearance patrol in support of Operation Rainbow killed the terrorists.

Some other terrorists escaped with gunshot wounds and the troops are after them. 

Troops kill suspected members of Boko Haram
Troops pulling a suspected Boko Haram killed in the operation

The statement posted on the Nigerian Army Twitter page read: "Gallant Troops of 222 Battalion Neutralise Boko Haram Terrorists.

"Reports just reaching us confirmed that troops of 21 Brigade led by Brigade Commander on a clearance patrol in support of Operation Rainbow were ambushed by BHT along Maiduguri Bama Axis at about 11:00 a.m. 16 September, 2018.

"There was serious exchange of gunfire.

Troops kill suspected members of Boko Haram

"The gallant troops of 222 battalion were reportedly high on morale as a result of the just concluded assurance visit to the theatre of operation by the COAS[Chief of Army Staff] Lt Gen TY Buratai & they successfully cleared the ambush".

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The Army also said arms were recovered. 

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"As a result, 1 x GPMG and 2 X AK 47 and several rounds of ammunition belonging to the terrorist were recovered.

"As at the time of filing this report, troops were still exploiting the general areas in search of some BHT’s who escaped with gunshot wounds," the Nigerian Army added.

Troops kill suspected members of Boko Haram

Bama is just about one hour 30 minutes drive from Gudumbali, a community that Boko Haram took over last week for few hours before they were chased away by troops. 

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