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The Theater Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Hassan Umoru, at a media briefing in Maiduguri on Friday, January 22 said Nigerian troops killed 63 Boko Haram insurgents and intercepted several suicide bombers within the week.

Represented by his Deputy Commander, Major General Lucky Irabor, General Umaru said that the soldiers also seized many AK47 rifles, ammunition, Anti-Aircraft Gun, RPG, GMPG, IEDs, vehicles and motorcycles among other items from the insurgents.

He said: “our troops conducted a fighting patrol at Afe, Kudiye, Souma, Dikwa Mijigeta, Mida villages of Borno state. During the operation our troops come in contact with Boko Haram terrorist at Kudiye and Mijigete were 370 hostages were rescued and brought to IDP camp in Dikwa and 3 rifles and 41 motorcycles were destroyed.”

He stated that the troops also cleared some Boko Haram hideouts in Wala, Tirkopytir and Durubajuwe in Gwoza local government area, where they recovered GMPG, locally made Dane gun and a grinding machine.

In Huyum in Askira/Uba Local Government Area, according to the Commander, the terrorists on seeing the Nigerian soldiers, left their families behind which include five women and 12 children that are currently being questioned.

The commander also revealed that the troops intercepted three suspected suicide bombers attempting to infiltrate Maiduguri, along Maiduguri Mafa checkpoint of Borno State.

He said two female suicide bombers detonated the explosive which killed them instantly, while the male suicide bomber was immediately shot down while trying run into the troop at the checkpoint.

General Hassan Umoru commended the efforts of the troops and renewed call for the troops and the public to be more vigilant and security conscious at all times, especially at checkpoints, worship centre, markets, motor parks and schools.

Source: Adebayo Emuleomo

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