Troops Kill 4 Boko Haram Insurgents Near Sambisa Forest
Counter-terrorism operations in the northeast Nigeria has continued, with troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole killing at least four members of the dissident group.
On Saturday the Nigerian Army said its troops killed the Boko Haram insurgents at Malumti village in the fringes of Sambisa Forest.
A spokesman for the Operation Lafiya Dole, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement in Maiduguri said that the insurgents were killed by troops in an ambush while trying to escape ongoing clearance exercise under “Operation Deep Punch II” on March 30.
Troops recovered a Toyota Land Cruiser, one AK 47 Rifle, 15 Rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, one magazine and 47 Jerry cans of petrol from the insurgents.
"The insurgents were routed out of the Sambisa Forest by troops under Operation Deep Punch II, rummaging for food and logistics when they met their Waterloo," the statement read.
This happened at a time troops deployed at a checkpoint in Muna Garage in the outskirts of Maiduguri also killed four suicide bombers on Friday.
He explained that the bombers, comprising a male and three females were killed while attempting to infiltrate Maiduguri metropolis.
"The insurgents, attempting to infiltrate Maiduguri metropolis through Muna Zawiya area at about 9.30 p.m., were spotted by vigilance troops who fired shots, hitting one of them, thereby triggering simultaneous explosions which killed all of them.
“Regrettably, 18 persons were injured in the incident and have been evacuated for medical attention," Nwachukwu said.
According to him, troops and members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) were conducting cordon and search operation in the area for any other suicide bomber lurking around.
Nwachukwu urged the public to be vigilant and report suspicious persons and activities to security agencies.