The Nigerian army has said three soldiers were killed and six others injured during clearance operations of Boko Haram hideouts in Sambisa forest, Maiduguri, Borno state.
Kinsley Samuel, deputy director public relations 7 division of the army, disclosed this in a statement.
He listed the hideouts to include Talala, Ajigin, Mangzum, Abagajiri, Kafa, Dusula, Buk, Malumti, Abulam, Shyadawe-Angwan-Fulani, Shyadawe-Angwan-Bula-Musa, Shyadawe among others.
He said the troops recovered items including motorcycles, gun trucks and a laptop.
“Troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in conjunction with the Nigerian Air Force on Operation DEEP PUNCH has within the past one week embarked on clearance operations to dislodge Boko Haram terrorists (BHT) from their camps,” Samuel said.
“Furtherance of the clearance operations, the troops on Friday, 10th November 2017 while acting on credible information that the terrorists were massing up at certain camps in fringes of Sambisa forest, advanced and cleared the insurgents at Shyadawe-Angwan-Fulani, Shyadawe-Angwan-Bula-Musa and Shyadawe.
“The troops captured two gun trucks, three motorcycles, many bicycles and a laptop containing valuable information.
“They also located a vandalised and unserviceable tank in one of the camps.
“The remains of the deceased soldiers have been evacuated while those injured are receiving medical treatment at a military hospital.”