In a statement yesterday in Maiduguri, the spokesman of the Nigerian Military, Brig-Gen. Sani Usman disclosed that troops of Operation Lafiya Dole killed three terrorists in six villages around Sambisa Forest. He said one of the terrorists was arrested, during a six-hour clearance operation on the eastern flank of Sambisa in Gwoza-Dure axis, adding that some of them escaped with gunshot wounds.
According to him, the troops engaged and smoked the terrorists out of their hideouts at Jango, Nduma, Gobara, Bala Ibrahim, Fulani Rogo and Takwala villages in Gwoza Local Council Area of the state. Usman disclosed that the captured suspect had been taken into custody for further interrogation and onward passage to the relevant agencies. On arms, he said: “The troops also recovered one Fabrique Nationals (FN) rifle, a G3 rifle, charged magazines and a pair of camouflage uniform, suspected to be used by the terrorists to disguise as military personnel.”
He said a wounded soldier, had since been evacuated to the unit’s Regimental Aid Post for medical attention.
In another statement by the spokesman of 3 Division of Nigerian Army, Col. Kayode Ogunsanya, it was disclosed that the military foiled an attack on Goniri village in Yobe State. Ogunsanya, who made the disclosure in a statement in Damaturu yesterday, said the insurgents entered the village from the western flank of the forest before they were repelled.
The foiled assault came three days after another attack on Sasawa village where eight soldiers were killed.