Nigerian Army on Sunday said soldiers killed 13 suspected Boko Haram members during clearance operations in Bomboshe and Sinbaya in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno.
Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, the Director of Army Public Relations, said in a statement in Maiduguri that the operations were carried out on Thursday and Friday.
According to him, the troops also discovered and destroyed the insurgents’ night market at Boboshe and neutralised five terrorists.
“The Army troop also rescued 58 persons comprising 35 women and 23 children held in captive by the terrorists.
“During the operations, the troops met stiff resistance from suspected terrorists, eight of whom were neutralised around Sinbaya.
“As part of the clearance operations of remnants and fleeing Boko Haram terrorists in the North East, troops have continually carried out raids, patrols and cordon operations.
“It is in that regards that troops of 112 Task Force Battalion, 22 Brigade, Nigerian Army on Operation Lafiya Dole, conducted joint operations with vigilantes and civilian JTF in suspected terrorists hide outs.
“In the last two days, the troops have carried out patrols and clearance operations in various villages and towns in Dikwa Local Government Area.
“On Thursday, Jan. 13, with the assistance of some local vigilantes and civilian JTF, the troops carried out fighting patrols and clearance operations in Awada and Sinbaya villages.
“They also carried out similar clearance operation at Anaduwa village where they removed Boko Haram terrorists’ flags and recovered four Isuzu vehicles and three motorcycles.
“Yesterday (Saturday), they also carried out a joint patrol to Agulari, Kirinari, Gubdori and Yale villages, including Talwari village, which served as harbour for the terrorists.
“Although the terrorists have abandoned the locations, the troops observed traces of their activities such as hoisted Boko Haram flags in the area.
“Troops also arrested the terrorists’ food store keeper and recovered two Isuzu vehicles, grinding machines and vehicles workshop tools.
“They recovered five Pump Action Guns, two pumping machines, eight vehicle tyres and one battery.
“The troops proceeded to Dagumba, Boboshe, Kajeri, Boskoro and Saleri and cleared the areas.
“The patrol recovered one Toyota truck at Kajeri and arrested one Boko Haram terrorist in Boskoro village.
“However, one soldier sustained injury during the operation and is receiving medical attention,’’ the statement stated.
Usman reminded members of the public to always pass information on suspicious persons in their environment to security agencies.
Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said that a “white man” was killed during a gun battle with Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa forest.
Buratai said the incident happened when troops of the Nigerian Army launched an attack against the terrorists in the forest.
Debunking reports on the capture of a foreigner in the forest, Buratai said troops did not capture any white man.
He said a man white a light skin was among the casualties in an operation launched by the troops against Boko Haram elements.
“We did not capture any white man but the troop in the process of the firefight, somebody who has a lighter skin, who was suspected to be a white man, was among those that were casualties. It could be that it is from that it filtered out that a white man was captured,” Buratai said.
“Even the picture they have been showing on social media was that of a German hostage who was rescued from Boko Haram by Cameroonian troops. Someone with a lighter skin was involved in the firefight inside Sambisa Forest and was killed along with others.
“That is the only information we know about somebody like a white man. Any other story is just a speculation” he said.