Nigerian troops kill 19 Boko Haram militants: army
05 June 2016, 09:54
Lagos – Nigerian troops killed 19 Boko Haram militants during
clashes in northeast Borno state, while two soldiers suffered gunshot wounds,
the army said on Saturday.
Acting upon an intelligence report on the presence of Boko Haram
fighters in the militants' Chukungudu camp, troops and civilian JTF (joint task
force) members, launched the attack on Friday.
"During the encounter at the camp, the troops killed 19 Boko
Haram terrorists including their notorious leader in the area, called Ameer
Abubakar Gana," the statement said.
There was no independent confirmation of the army statement.
The two soldiers who suffered gunshot wounds were said to be
responding to treatment.
The troops destroyed an improvised explosive devices (IED) making
factory, detonated four primed IEDs, recovered two anti-aircraft guns and other
weapons and vehicles.
Boko Haram's seven-year insurgency has devastated infrastructure
in the impoverished northeast region and forced some 2.1 million people in
Nigeria to flee their homes, according to the UN's refugee agency.