March 9, 2017

Army confirms 1 soldier died, 2 missing, 13 wounded in operations

Army confirms 1 soldier died, 2 missing, 13 wounded in operations

A Cross Section of suspected thugs arrested by the Nigerian Army at Olakwo II Etche during the Rivers Federal and State House of Assembly Re-run Election for Etche and Omuma Constituency being taken into custody by the Army Saturday. Photo: Nwankpa Chijioke

Abuja – The Army has confirmed that one soldier died, two missing and 13 others are wounded in an ongoing operations to rid remnants of terrorists from their hide outs in Borno and North east generally.

Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman made this known in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

He said that the operation involved ambushes, cordon and search of the suspected remnants hiding places in the remote areas.

Usman said that efforts were ongoing to locate the two missing soldiers.

According to him, on Wednesday, troops of 159 Battalion Artillery Detachment based on information and confirmation on the presence of suspected Boko Haram terrorists at Tula Udah Forest, carried out heavy bombardment to neutralise them.

“Similarly, based on tip-off on the presence of foreign elements of Boko Haram terrorists from Chad and Niger, troops carried out cordon and search operations at Gombe International Hotel, Gombe State.

“However, nothing incriminating was found. More vigilance is being maintained in the area,’’ Usman said.

He said during the operations, 505 people, including male, female and children were rescued, while nine arrests, including six suspected terrorists, two fraudsters and one drug peddler were arrested.

Usman said that one Boko Haram camp was destroyed during the exercise and two vehicles recovered, adding that the owner of one of the recovered vehicles was also arrested. (NAN)
======Edited by Morayo Omolade

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