The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Monday that the troops of the 22 Brigade Garrison, capture nine insurgent and kill three during a clearance operation at terrorists hideouts of Cinga, Mallum Maja, Bosuma and Murye villages, Borno State.
Usman who said that three of the insurgents were also killed by the troops added that the insurgents were terrorizing the innocent villagers with dangerous weapons before the operation.
According to him, the troops recovered ‘nine dane guns, three machetes, one bow with arrows, six motorcycles used by the Boko Haram terrorists to ferry slaughtered cow meats to Boko Haram terrorists hideouts, one tricycle, four Tiger Generators and one solar panel’ from the insurgents.
He said “In compliance with the military high command’s directive which is to ensure that all villages and towns are cleared of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists, troops of 22 Brigade Garrison in Operation Lafiya Dole, on Sunday May 1, 2016 cleared four villages of Boko Haram terrorists hiding in the area.
“The terrorists hibernating in Cinga, Mallum Maja, Bosuma and Murye villages, were armed with dangerous weapons and have been terrorizing the communities. During the operations three Boko Haram terrorists were killed while nine of them who tried hiding in foxholes and dug outs were identified and captured alive.”
Usman stated also that the troops also released 400 persons held hostage by the insurgents.
He added that the troops recovered 300 cattle rustled by the Boko Haram and handed them over to their rightful owners.