Nigerian troops killed 15 Boko Haram fighters and rescued 49 persons in separate encounters in the Southern Lake Chad Basin, the Nigerian army has said.
Army spokesman for Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, said some of the insurgents were killed in the Lake Chad Island.
“Troops dislodged the insurgents from their hideout after a fierce battle, killing 11 insurgents in Gomaran village of Southern Lake Chad Basin,” he said in a statement.
Nwachukwu explained that the troops also ambushed and killed four terrorists who were escaping.
“The clearance operations also led to the recovery of one Single Barrel Gun, one Dane gun and one locally made pistol,” he added.
Other items recovered from the insurgents include four Motorcycles, motorcycle spare parts, 2 tricycles, 6 water pumping machines, and two power generating sets.
He said, “Additionally, the valiant troops captured 2 Boko Haram flags, a pair of Camouflage uniform, a pair of combat boots, a Camera, a bag of mechanical tools and medications.
“Four men, 33 women and 16 children were rescued by the troops from the insurgents’ hideouts. The rescued hostages are currently being profiled for subsequent hand over to officials of the Internally Displaced Persons Camp for documentation and administering.”