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Nigerian Troops Kill Boko Haram 'Ameer', 18 Terrorists At Chukungudu In Borno State

Nigerian troops comprising soldiers from 22 Brigade Garrison, 153 Task Force Battalion of 7 Division and 8 Task Force Division as well as Nigeria Air Force Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) and some Civilian JTF carried out a carefully planned and deliberate attack on Boko Haram terrorists' stronghold and camp at Chukungudu yesterday following credible information on the presence of their camp and other facilities at Chukungudu.

A statement issued by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, revealed that the troops encountered Boko Haram terrorists' ambush positions at Muskari, Gilam and Hausasi while advancing to the location before descending on their primary objective at Chukungudu.

The statement added that the troops killed 19 terrorists including a notorious leader of Boko Haram in the area known as "Ameer" Abubakar Gana during the encounter.

"They discovered and destroyed the terrorists' improvised explosive devices (IEDs)- making factory as well as discovered and successfully detonated four primed IEDs.

"The troops also recovered two Anti-Aircraft Guns, one AK-47 Rifle, one pistol, one Rocket Propelled Gun (RPG) Bomb, one AK-47 Magazine, 267 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) metal links ammunition and 23 rounds of 12.7mm belt ammunition.

"Other recovered items include one Canter truck, one Gun truck, one Land Rover vehicle and a Toyota Hilux vehicle.

"Unfortunately, however, two soldiers suffered gunshot wounds as a result of enemy action. Meanwhile, it is gratifying to state that both of them are very stable and responding to treatment at the Field Ambulance.", according to the statement.[slideshow]47201[/slideshow]