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Soldiers kill 3, arrest one insurgents in Gombe

Soldiers from the 301 Artillery Regiment (Support Group) of the Nigeria Army, Gombe, on Monday, killed three suspected insurgents and arrested another in Dukku Local government Area of the state.A captain of the regiment who was directed to who brief newsmen on the development, showed them the bodies of the insurgents as well as the arrested suspect at the Quarter Guards of the regiment.

However, the captain said he was not allowed to disclose his identity, but said the soldiers engaged the insurgents in a gun duel in the area around 1.30 a.m., leading to the death of the three.

He said items recovered from the insurgents included one Toyota Hilux Van, three prime improvised explosive devices (IEDs), three boxes of .50mm live ammunitions, one card reader belonging to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and one FM rifle.

Other items recovered from them, according to him, were 150 rounds of .50mm live ammunitions, three bags of rice, a pot of cooked rice, an empty AK 47 magazine, 70 empty cases of .50mm ammunition, tyre patching materials and motor vehicle spare parts, among others.

Asked for his comments, the commandant of the regiment who also did not disclose his identity, told newsmen that he was not authorised to speak on the issue, adding that only the Director, Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, could provide the details.


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