The troops of 21 Brigade and Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) conducted a fighting patrol on Zangebe, Maiwa, Algaiti and Mainari villages today where they killed six Boko Haram terrorists and injured several others.
The troops also freed over 5,000 people being held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists and recovered five motorcycles and bicycles each.
The Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, disclosed that the troops of 7 Division Garrison Rapid Deployment Force (RDF) II in conjunction with some personnel of Mobile Police Force and Civilian JTF also carried out clearance operations on Boko Haram terrorists at Masu Yiwa, Ladin Buta, Bazaka, Kesa Gala, Tabla, Fahinde, Shirori, Gizina, Maska Aribe, Maska and Maska Lawanti villages in Mafa Local Government Council of Borno State. Usman added that the troops encountered Boko Haram terrorists at Maska Lawanti where they killed two insurgents and recovered two motorcycles during the clearance operations.
He, however, said that the patrol team lost one member of Civilian JTF, while a soldier and one mobile policeman were wounded.
"The corpse of the heroic Civilian JTF and the wounded soldier as well as his police counterpart have since been evacuated to Maiduguri, Borno State capital. "We wish to state that those wounded are in stable condition and responding to treatment, is alreadywhile we commiserate with the families of the departed Civilian JTF member.
"The Army spokesperson said that the troops of 192 Battalion, 26 Task Force Brigade and some members of vigilance group also embarked on fighting patrol along Kusarha-Zalidava general area.
According to him, the patrol team encountered some elements of Boko Haram around Zalidava-Weige Village in which they killed two Boko Haram terrorists and recovered one General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) with registration number FN 132125, a belt of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition containing 42 rounds.
"Sadly, one of the vigilance group members sustained an injury on his eye. He is already getting better."