Nigeria’s military on Monday claimed it killed 37 suspected Boko Haram fighters during a ground and air attack on an insurgent camp in a Borno village.
A statement issued by its acting deputy director of public relations, Aliyu Ibrahim Danja, said the onslaught was on the terrorists’ camp in Alagarno village.
According to the statement fewer than 37 suspected terrorists were killed while several others fled with gunshot wounds.
“Based on available intelligence, troops of the 7 Division, Nigerian Army launched an attack on terrorists’ camp in Alagarno. The operation which commenced on Monday 21st October, 2013 involved a coordinated ground and air assault by our troops in conjunction with 79 Composite Group, Nigerian Air force Maiduguri destroy the terrorist’s Camp,” Danja stated.
He said that arms, ammunition as well as three Hilux trucks and motorcycles belonging to the insurgents were also recovered by the troops.
The military said the operation was restricted to the isolated camp of the terrorists and that no innocent civilian was hurt or injured during the three hours operation.
Danja also confirmed Boko Haram attacks on motorists and passengers on Sunday in Logomari villages in Gamboru- Ngala- Dikwa local government but dismissed the figure reports that 20 people were killed, insisting that only four civilians were killed and two persons injured in the process.
“In the early hours of Sunday, 20th October, 2013, Boko Haram terrorists numbering over 50 armed with AK 47 Rifles, and Rocket Propelled Launchers blocked road at Gamboru -Ngala- Dikwa in Logomari village killing four civilians and injured two,” the spokesman stated.
He added that the terrorists also set ablaze four civilian trucks loaded with provisions before they attacked members of the vigilante youth known as Civilian JTF who were returning from a funeral and that three of them were killed and their vehicles set ablaze.
Danja noted that the vigilante youths who escaped however reinforced pursued the terrorists and destroyed their hideout killing several terrorists while others escaped.
He said the troops of the 7 Division are currently conducting aggressive patrols to trace and destroy Boko Haram elements within its area of responsibility.