The Nigerian Army, on Saturday, said its troops killed seven Boko Haram insurgents in the ongoing clearance operation in separate ambushes in Borno State.
The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, made the disclosure in a statement in Maiduguri, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Nwachukwu disclosed that the troops also arrested a suspected Boko Haram insurgents’ spy, Modu Chari, and recovered arms in multiple encounters with the fleeing terrorists on April 13.
He said the troops killed two insurgents fleeing from military onslaught in Sambisa Forest at Kusheri-Ardodam, along Magumeri in Borno, adding that the troops recovered two AK 47 rifles, three magazines and 18 rounds of 7.62 mm NATO type ammunition.
Nwachukwu revealed that the troops also neutralised two insurgents in an ambush along a remote track in Mafa, recovering one AK 47 rifle, two magazines and a bicycle in the process.
In another ambush, he said three fleeing insurgents were killed by troops at Multe-Lawanti, South of Furfur in Damboa, Borno, and recovered one AK 47 rifle, three motorcycles, two bicycles, spanners and dresses.
The army spokesman explained further that the troops arrested Chari while transiting along Cross Kauwa in the northern region of Borno.
He explained that the suspect was on an espionage mission when he was nabbed by troops, adding that investigations indicated that Chari was an active member of the Al Barnawi faction of the terrorist group.
“The ferocity of the ongoing Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency Operations to rid the North-East of Boko Haram hideouts and enclaves has further suffocated the terrorist group hence they resorted to suicide attacks on innocent civilians,” he said.