Operation Lafiya Dole launched against terrorists in northeast Nigeria is still on and troops are advancing.

At least 15 suspected members of the Boko Haram terrorists' group have been killed in a crossfire in Yamteke village in Gwoza Local Government Area, Borno state.

The Nigerian Army said on Wednesday that the suspected terrorists had attacked troops in the area before they were repelled.

In a statement in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Sani Usman, said the insurgents had attempted to infiltrate a military outpost on Tuesday.

He explained that the troops had demonstrated bravery and utilised superior fire power to defeat the insurgents.

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“The troops dealt decisive blow on the Boko Haram terrorists who attempted to infiltrate their outpost with a vehicle loaded with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

“In the ensuing fire fight, troops inflicted heavy casualty on the terrorists, repelled the attack on their location, neutralised 15 insurgents, captured one vehicle, large caches of various ammunitions, destroyed one Toyota Hilux pick up mounted with Anti Aircraft and one Gun Truck.

“Several other insurgents escaped with gunshot wounds. Sadly, one soldier died during the attack and his remains have been evacuated.

“The troops remain determined in their task of safeguarding communities and providing a conducive environment for humanitarian agencies to do their work,” the Army spokesman said.

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The military again asked the public to provide vital information on suspected activities of the insurgents to security agencies in their respective communities.

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