Soldiers of the Nigeria Army has killed three Boko Haram cattle thieves at Mairari village in Monguno LGA of Borno, Nigerian Army confirms.
This was made public by Col. Timothy Antigha, the Deputy Director Army Public Relations, 8 Task Force Division in an official statement on Monday in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
According to Antigha, the troops ambushed the cattle stealing insurgents on Sunday while trying to move into Maiduguri.
The insurgents, he said, were en route Lingir village market to sell the stolen cattle.
In the ambush, Antigha confirmed that some insurgents ran away but with gunshot wounds and a soldier was injured.
He said that another Boko Haram member was killed at Buruwa village by the Nigerian troops.
An undisclosed number of sophisticated ammunitions, dresses and a horse were retrieved from the insurgents, Antigha said.
“In furtherance of clearance exercise of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, troops of 8 Division Mobile Strike Team (MST) deployed at Forward Operations Base Mairari, on Sunday 8th October 2017; ambushed a Boko Haram terrorists’ cattle rustling syndicate trying to cross into Maiduguri to sell the rustled cattle, at Lingir village.
“During the encounter, the ambush party neutralized three Boko Haram terrorists, while some of them escaped with gunshot wounds.
“The troops recovered 5 AK-47 rifles, 5 Magazines, 11 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 1 metal box containing clothes and a horse.
“Unfortunately, one soldier sustained injury during the encounter. The injured soldier has been evacuated to the 8 Task Force Division Medical centre at Monguno, where he is receiving further medical attention.
“The MST also followed up with pursuit up to Buruwa village around Gassawa general area, where they neutralized another Boko Haram terrorist and recovered an AK-47 rifle from him”.