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Troops kill 40 Boko Haram terrorists, destroy 6 gun trucks in Niger shootout

By Kingsley Omonobi

Abuja—In continuation of Operation Yancin Tafki launched last month, troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force, MNJTF, comprising air and land components from Chad, Cameroon, Niger Republic and Nigeria, has dealt Boko Haram terrorists a blow.

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A statement by Col Timothy Antigha, spokesman of MNJTF, said: “On Saturday night, Boko Haram terrorists operating along the Kamadougou River, between Niger and Nigeria, attacked troops location in Gueskerou, about 30 kilometres from Diffa in Niger Republic.

“However, troops showed valour and gallantry by defending their location and killing 27 terrorists, destroying six gun trucks and capturing several equipment, arms and ammunition.

“A few terrorists, who escaped the fire fight, were observed running towards Gashigar in Nigerian territory and were pursued.”

In a related development, between 3 and 6p.m. Saturday, MNJTF troops also confronted Boko Haram terrorists around Abadam, in the general area of Mallam Fatori.

The statement said the terrorists lost 13 members, 32 AK-47 rifles recovered, five anti-aircraft guns recovered, 1000 units of 7.62mm ammunition, 500 units of 12.7mm ammunition and one terrorist captured.

Others are five motorcycles, one destroyed, four gun trucks destroyed, three gun trucks captured, three general purpose machine guns captured, and three grenades captured.

Antigha recalled that about 10 days ago, MNJTF troops neutralised terrorists at Dorou in Niger Republic.

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