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Troops Capture 14 Insurgents, Arms, Ammunition, Others in Borno


Spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Brig-Gen Sani Usman, disclosed on Sunday that troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole captured 14 members of the Boko Haram sect and seized from them a number of vehicles, including arms and ammunition.
He also said the troops neutralised several others during clearance operations at Chikum Gudu in Northern part of Borno on Friday.
Among arms captured from remnants of the insurgents by troops of 8 Task Force Division include two Toyota gun trucks, allegedly stolen from Niger Republic Defence Forces.
He said the troops also recovered two Toyota Hilux gun trucks, one of which the insurgents earlier took from 153 Task Force Battalion of the Operation Lafiya Dole.
Others, he said were 25-horse power Yamaha outboard engine, two solar panels and five empty belts of anti-aircraft guns ammunition links.
He said that the troops recovered one gun bipod, 12 pairs of Boko Haram terrorists’ fighters uniform, five flags, 37 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, 84 copies of Holy Quran and 270 books on Islamic literature.
In a statement in Abuja on Sunday, Usman said: “Troops of 8 Task Force Division, Nigerian Army, on clearance operations under the auspices of Operation Lafiya Dole in the North East yesterday had an encounter with Boko Haram terrorists at Chikun Gudu, northern part of Borno State.
“During the encounter, the gallant troops neutralized quite a number of the terrorists, while others escaped with gun shot wounds. They also captured gun trucks, arms and ammunition as well as 14 terrorists.
“The troops captured 2 Toyota Gun trucks stolen from Niger Republic Defence Forces, 2 Toyota Hilux Gun trucks, one of which was taken by the Boko Haram terrorists from 153 Task Force Battalion location sometime back, a 25 HP Yamaha Outboard Engine, 2 Solar panels and 5 empty Belts of Anti-Aircraft Guns ammunition links.
“Others include 1 Gun bipod, 12 pairs of Boko Haram terrorists fighters uniform, 5 flags, 37 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, 84 copies of Holy Quran and 270 books on Islamic Literature.
“The troops also recovered and destroyed over 70 motorcycles used by the terrorists to launch attacks, 3 shops stocked with medical supplies, 3 other shops with provisions and 3 wooden boats.
“They also recovered 2 Niger Republic Drivers’ Licenses, 2 mobile telephone handsets and 2 Wooden Slates.
“Unfortunately 4 of soldiers were wounded in action and they have been evacuated to a medical facility where they are receiving treatment”, the statement added.

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