At least 30 Boko Haram members were killed in a gun battle with the Nigerian Army and local youth vigilantes yesterday at border villages between Adamawa and Borno states.
The Nigerian troops had laid an ambush for the insurgents between the border villages of Kirchinga and Imirsa.
A local vigilante, who was involved in the gun duel, said that the ambush was laid after an intelligence report about the Boko Haram insurgents in the area.
“Following information about the movements of the Boko Haram insurgents we got, we decided to lay an ambush in the early hours of Monday.
“Our efforts yielded results as we succeeded in killing over 30 of the insurgents after a fierce gun duel. We confiscated many weapons from the invading terrorists, including AK 47 assault rifles, bows and arrows and other dangerous weapons,” he said.
According to the vigilante, the Boko Haram insurgents had disguised as local vigilante operatives and in the process, killed unsuspecting residents and soldiers.
“The insurgents who disguised as local vigilante mounted road blocks across the highway and pretended to be carrying out routine checks.
“The soldiers were lured into the booby trap of the insurgents who immediately swooped on them and killed three soldiers and abducted one of the soldiers,” he said.