JUST IN:Troops kills five, captures Boko Haram commander in Borno

Troops in  Borno killed five  Boko Haram insurgents  and captured a top  commander  of the the group in the ongoing operation in Sambisa Forest and  the Lake Chad basin.
Deputy  Director, Army Public Relations of Operation Lafiya Dole,  Col. Onyeama Nwachukwu,in a statement in Maiduguri, said troops also rescued three civilians, recovered vehicles and high calibre  ammunition in  various operations in the past two days.Nwachukwu said on Thursday, the troops engaged and neutralised a number of fleeing insurgents while attempting to escape the military  blocking position in one of the cleared enclaves ‘ ‘ Sabil- Huda’ ’ deep in Sambisa Forest.
He said that the troops also recovered one G – III rifle magazine, one life jacket,  a light Machine Gun metal link, four rounds of Anti – Aircraft ammunition, , four rounds of of 7.62 (NATO) ammunition and thre three  rounds of  7.62 mm ( Special ) ammunition.
“Unfortunately, two soldiers were injured in the process; they had been evacuated by the Nigerian Air Force and  are responding to treatment , ” he said.
Nwachukwu said that the troop onFriday launched offensive targeting  a terrorist’s hideouts up ‘CAMP  ZAIRO’, and neutralized a number of insurgents in spite of initial damaged caused  to their  Armoured Fighting Vehicle by Improvise Explosive Device  planted beneath the ground.
He said that the troops killed five  insurgents, several others wounded and recovered ammunition at a hideout in Parisu, Sambisa Forest.
Nwachukwu disclosed that troops of 151 Battalion in conjunction with “7 Division Support Group’ had also clcleared nine terrorists’  hideouts along Frigi- Izzaarea.
The director  added the troops also recovered one motorcycle, two bicycles, 10 bicycle,  three Boko Haram flags flags, a solar panel,five drums filled with grain, two mattresses,  two grinding machines, three bags of metal scraps ,two motorcycle tyres and two underground grain  silos.
Also recovered are one AK- 47Rifle  Magazine, 1dummy rifle, a  round of 12.7mm ammunition, 12 empty cases 7.62 mm ammunition, assorted IED materials and a tool box.
According to him, the Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE provided air cover for the land and  troops in the conduct of the operations .

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