Nigerian army has confirmed that its troops on counterterrorism operations in North-East have killed 42 Boko Haram terrorists and rescued 80 women and children in Gangere village in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State.
Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman confirmed the development in a statement yesterday that following confirmed intelligence report on the convergence and massing up of dislodged Boko Haram terrorists at Gangere village, with intent of carrying out attack on some isolated communities, troops on fighting and clearance patrol Codenamed “Operation TIGER CLAW” on Tuesday July 19, swooped on the terrorists killing dozens of them.
Col. Usman said unconfirmed number of the insurgents also escaped with gunshot wounds.
“Similarly, 38 women and 42 children held captives were rescued from the insurgents. The women and children were taken to the military medical facility in Baga for checks. They were further assisted with food and clothing.
“The patrol team also recovered 504 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, 162 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, 1 Land Cruiser Jeep, 34 Jerry cans of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS and Automated Gas Oil, AGO, while 55 Motorcycles were demobilized during the operation”, the statement revealed.
The army spokesman disclosed that the troops have continued to intensify vigilance and maintain high level of alertness. “They are making concerted efforts to clear the remnants of the terrorists in their area of responsibilities.
“In a related development, suspected elements of Boko Haram terrorists at the early hours of today (yesterday), attacked Bakin Dutse community in which they killed one person and injured 4 other persons.
“Unfortunately, they took to their heels on arrival of troops. The troops have continued to patrol the general area with the hope of finding and apprehending the attackers.
“Similarly, troops on routine patrol in order to secure and make Kumshe-Banki road open, were ambushed by 4 suspected Boko Haram terrorists. The troops engaged them and 3 of them died as a result of gunshot wounds. The lone survivor is currently being interrogated. It is heart-warming to state that he has been making very useful statements that are very revealing.

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