Nine soldiers, Civilian JTF killed as Boko Haram ambushes troops

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Operation LAFIYA DOLE troops carrying out clearance operations on suspected Boko Haram terrorists hideouts in Talala and Ajigin, southern part of Borno State, were ambushed by suspected Boko Haram terrorists at Ugundiri village, Damboa Local Government Area, Borno State, while returning to base after clearance operations on Sunday.

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This information was contained in a statement by the spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sani Usman.

During the ambush, five soldiers, three vigilantes and one Civilian JTF lost their lives.

Nineteen other soldiers and one Civilian JTF sustained various degrees of injuries.

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The bodies of the late soldiers and civilians, according to Usman, have been evacuated to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, while the injured are receiving commensurate medical care and are in stable condition.

The troops destroyed the terrorists gun truck and recovered two Anti-Aircraft guns, two spare gun barrels, one General Purpose Machine Gun, one Rocket Propelled Grenade, one AK-47 Rifle and 320 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.

Usman added in the statement: “Troops have been mobilized into blocking positions to further neutralize fleeing Boko Haram terrorists.

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“Please recall that another set of troops had earlier cleared Zira, Abulam, Dusula, and Buk villages before returning to base in Bulabulin.”

In a related development, based on information received about gathering of some suspected Boko Haram terrorists around Bori village, which is 16km away from Mainok on the outskirts of Maiduguri, troops swung into action and neutralized them.

The troops recovered three motorcycles, one hand grenade, one round of 7.62mm ammunition, solar panel, a pair of Niger Republic military camouflage uniform, one Gionee mobile telephone handset, one wet cell battery and half bag of groundnut.

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