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Troops kill 3 Boko Haram cattle rustlers, 1 other in Borno

By Joseph Erunke

ABUJA-IN furtherance of clearance operations in Operation Lafiya Dole, troops of 8 Division Mobile Strike Team, deployed at Forward Operations Base Mairari, Sunday, killed three Boko Haram terrorists in an ambush.

Recruits undergo training at the headquaters of the Depot of the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna State in northcentral Nigeria, on October 5, 2017.

But a soldier was seriously wounded during the ambush against the terrorists’ cattle rustling syndicate who was trying to cross into Maiduguri to sell the rustled cattle, at Lingir village.

A statement released early Monday, by Colonel Timothy Antigha, Deputy Director
Public Relations, 8 Task Force Division, said during the encounter, the ambush party neutralized three Boko Haram terrorists, while some of them escaped with gunshot wounds.

The troops recovered five AK-47 rifles, five magazines, 11 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, one metal box containing clothes and a horse.

“Unfortunately, one of our soldiers sustained an injury during the operation. The injured soldier has been evacuated to 8 Task Force Division Hospital and Medical Services at Monguno where he is receiving further medical attention, “the statement said.

The statement added that the Mobile Strike Team also followed up with pursuit up to Buruwa village around Gassawa general area where they neutralized an additional Boko Haram terrorist and recovered an AK-47 rifle from him.

Also, on Saturday, following a tip off from the locals on the presence of suspected Boko Haram terrorists and cattle rustlers at Kirbiri village, Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State, troops of 120 Battalion in conjunction with vigilantes mobilized to the general area.

“On arrival, the gallant troops engaged the terrorists, neutralizing one of them while several other terrorists flee in disarray with gunshot wounds, “a statement from the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman said.

The troops, according to the statement, recovered an AK-47 rifle with registration number 34364 and two empty rifle magazines.

In another development, the Acting General Officer Commanding 3 Division Nigerian Army, Brig Gen Benjamin Ahanotu, Sunday, assured troops that the authority was very keen to improve on administrative and welfare of troops.

A statement from Colonel Kayode Ogunsanya, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, said Ahanotu spoke when he visited troops of 241 Recce Battalion Nguru as part of routine operational visit to troops under Headquarters 3 Division Tactical (Sector 2) deployed in Operation Lafiya Dole, to mark Nigeria’s 57th lndependence Celebration Anniversary.

“The Ag GOC, while addressing the troops, said he was highly impressed with standard of discipline and neatness maintained in the barracks. He stated that such could only be achieved by troops that had value for military regimentation. He also praised the quality of facilities in the barracks during an inspection, “the statement said .

The Ag GOC further hinted that the barracks would be used to host and train 200 young officers of the Nigerian Army as part of the compulsory leadership and regimentation orientation cadre organized for newly commissioned officers. Consequently he advised them to maintain and improve upon their established standard.

Earlier on arrival, the GOC was received and briefed by the Commanding Officer Col UN Aliyu and was also conducted round of the facilities in the barracks. Such facilities include Lt Gen TY Buratai Hall of Fame, 200 Capacity Training Shed, Admin Coy Office, Special Training Area, an Ultra Modern Medical Reception Station, Officers and Soldiers quarters.

The Ag GOC later paid a courtesy call on the Emir of Nguru, His Royal Highness Mai Mustapha Ibn Kyari


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