Troops conducting Operation Lafiya Dole ambushed suspected members of Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria, killing at least 13 of them.

The ambush occurred on Saturday in Borno and Adamawa during clearance operations, a statement by a spokesman for the army, Brigadier General Sani Usman, said.

According to Usman, 12 were killed when the troops laid ambushed at Miyanti-Banki junction in Borno and one at Kafin Hausa in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

At Dukje-Mada road near Gulumba Gana village, the troops also killed several other suspected terrorists. The number of dead persons was not given by the army spokesman.

“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,” he said.

He listed items recovered from them as 18 bicycles, 30 bags of flour, one bag of groundnut, 2 bags of salt, 2 baskets of kola nut and 5 torch lights, a carton of mixed juice sachets and 4 rolls of brocade material.

Others, according to him, are 2 packets of sweet, one carton of washing soap, 2 packets of cold patch, 2 packets of Maggi cubes, 2 pairs of bathroom slippers, 2 packets of yeasts and 4 packets of Vedan.

He also listed 2 rolls of sewing thread, 4 kegs of herbicide, 14 packets of insecticide, one keg of groundnut oil, a bag of pepper and 4,000 Naira as items recovered.

Also Read: How Osinbajo Wants Military To Fight Terrorism

Usman added that the troops recovered 9 primed cylinders from the terrorists’ Improvised Explosive Devices making factory and destroyed the factory, as well as one AK-47 rifle with registration number 02527 MTD and a magazine.

The military has been asked to change their tactics in the fight against insurgents that have terrorised communities in the region for more than 8 years.