The Nigerian army say troops of operation Lafia Dole have killed two senior Boko Haram commanders and several other insurgents at Darul Jamel on the fringes of Sambisa forest in Borno.
Sani Usman, acting director, army public relations, said in a statement in Abuja that this was after the troops had successfully repelled an attempted attack on their location.
“The terrorists attempted to storm the troops’ location, but paid dearly,” Usman said.
“Prior to the attack, the troops of the same unit on routine patrol earlier cleared an ambush staged by elements of the suspected remnants of the terrorists desperate for food, near Banki Junction.”
”It is equally believed that the attack and ambush might not be unconnected to the fact that the terrorists were desperately targeting over 890 rescued herdsmen with their 5000 livestock being held captives by terrorists along Nigerian borders with Cameroon”.
He said items recovered from the insurgents included one Light Machine Gun (LMG) with Rrgistration number 56M-1101229 and one AK-47 rifle magazine.
Others, he said, were Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) bomb, one top cover of an AK-47 rifle, 395 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition and 15 rounds of 5.5mm by .45 ammunition. (NAN)