A Nigerian soldier has paid the ultimate price of death defending the nation.

He was killed during a fierce battle with Boko Haram members in the northeast.

2 others are missing while 13 sustained injuries. 

This incident appears to have overshadowed gains made against the Boko Haram sect this week.

 “The wounded are in stable condition, while concerted effort is ongoing to recover the two missing in action soldiers,” Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, Director of Army Public Relations, said

Meanwhile, the army has intercepted over 470 people held hostage by the sect in the northeast.

The interception in Borno State is among a number of breakthroughs including the rescue of civilians from the clutches of the terror.

In the biggest breakthrough, the 22 Brigade Garrison intercepted 474 persons that comprised of 177 females, 20 males, 127 male-children and 150 female-children approaching Dikwa from Muliye and Masa villages along Dikwa-Gulumba road.

During security checks and screening five people were confirmed to be terrorists fleeing from the army.

The troops of 112 Task Force Battalion conducted similar operations at Farta, Maaza and Chana villages, rescuing 2 men, 8 women and 5 children.

Similarly, troops of 82 Battalion have handed over 8 women and 8 children to Pulka IDPS Camp, while a suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Mustpha Bulama, was arrested by troops of 7 Division Garrison at his residence located at Musari, Maiduguri.

The operations were done under the code-name Lafiya Dole (Peace by Force).