An acting Commanding Officer of the Nigerian Army Major K. Yakubu and nine suspected terrorist has been shot dead by Boko Haram fighters in a bloody a gun battle in the Doron Naira and Magaji areas of Borno State.
In addition to the incident, the troops recovered one 120mm mortar base plate, one religious book, metal links for aircraft ammunition and a roll of copper wire forgone by the Boko Haram terrorists
The was disclosed by the Defence Headquarters, Abuja on Friday. The commandeering officer was said to be commanding the 401 Special Forces Brigade, when he was killed while troops were conducting a clearance operation in the affected areas.
According to the Coordinator of the Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche,
“On June 2, the combined troops of 19 Brigade and 401 Special Forces Brigade conducted a robust clearance operation at Doron Naira and Magaji. The troops had an encounter with some Boko Haram terrorists hibernating in the area.
“The troops, through superior fire, neutralised nine of them. They destroyed one Boko Haram gun truck as well as captured one anti-aircraft gun, two AK-47 rifles and a large cache of anti-aircraft ammunition.
“However, one officer paid the supreme price while one soldier was injured in action. The injured soldier is currently receiving treatment in our military medical facility.”
And “During the encounter at Gajinji, troops neutralised one terrorist and arrested two adult females namely; Aishatu Manye and Kelune Mate who are identified to be the local Boko Haram terrorist commander’s wives,” Enenche noted.