Chris Steven, Abuja
The Army headquarters have said hat troops of 3 Battalion, 22 Task Force Brigade on Friday killed 10 Boko Haram terrorists, captured two alive and rescued a woman with her baby that were held hostages by the terrorists.
A statement by the acting Army Director of Information, Colonel Usman Sani said the troops acted based on information received that Boko Haram terrorists elements earlier dislodged at Chukungudu and Hausari villages during a recent clearance operations, were migrating towards Muska village in Gamboru Ngala Local Government Area and conducted fighting patrol operations in the general area.
The troops, according also recovered several equipment, arms and ammunition that include six AK-47 rifle magazines, 56 rounds of 7.62m (Special) rounds of ammunitions, one bundle of detonating cord, a Manual on how to prepare Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) two rifle magazine pouches, a Techno IPad, a Nokia mobile telephone handset and Gionee mobile telephone handset.
Others include one Digital Multimetre, six SIM cards, three Memory cards and one Airtel Modem containing memory card also.
The troops also recovered a wristwatch, two Islamic books, an empty bag and 2 Motorcycles.
The captured terrorists, the statement said, are undergoing preliminary interrogation , while rescued woman and her child are receiving necessary attention pending onward movement to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Camp.
Similarly, another element of the Battalion also conducted another fighting patrol to Wumbi village based on received information on the presence of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in the area.
The patrol team recovered 157 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition and 37 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition.
In a related development, troops of 22 Brigade Garrison intercepted 15 IDPs, all male adults, approaching Dikwa from Mudu Kasa village.
They revealed that some Boko Haram terrorists occasionally visit and terrorise their village and forcefully collect food and valuables.
They further alleged that the terrorists came in numbers with some of them holding AK-47 rifles, while others wield machetes.
As part of the troops mandate of facilitating humanitarian assistance by both Governmental and Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) to the IDPs, troops also provided security to International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) same day.
The troops provided security to the ICRC’s contractors sinking 5 boreholes around Dikwa IDP camp.
They troops would continue to provide the needed security to facilitate humanitarian assistance and activities in the area.