The Nigerian Army yesterday said troops on Operation Lafiya Dole in the North-east killed 19 Boko Haram members including an Ameer at Chukungudu in Borno State.
Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, said a carefully planned and deliberate attack comprising troops of 22 Brigade Garrison, and 153 Task Force Battalion of 7 Division and 8 Task Force Division as well as Nigeria Air Force Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) and some Civilian JTF, was carried out on Boko Haram stronghold and camp at Chukungudu on Friday 3rd May 2016.
He added that while advancing the location, the troops encountered Boko Haram militants ambush positions at Muskari, Gilam and Hausasi before descending on their main objective at Chukungudu.
Usman said during the encounter at the camp, the troops killed 19 Boko Haram terrorists including their leader in the area called Ameer Abubakar Gana.
He said they also discovered and destroyed the terrorists Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) making factory, and successfully detonated four primed IEDs.
The troops also recovered two anti-aircraft guns, 1 AK-47 rifle, a pistol, 1 Rocket Propelled Gun (RPG) bomb, one AK-47 magazine, 267 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) metal links ammunition and 23 rounds of 12.7mm belt ammunition. Other recovered items include a canter truck, one gun truck, one Land Rover and a Toyota Hilux.
Usman added: “Two soldiers suffered gunshot wounds as a result of enemy action. However, it is gratifying to state that both of them are very stable and responding to treatment at the Field Ambulance.”