It was learnt that the 242 Battalion apprehended the suspects, who were also believed to be Boko Haram members on Saturday. Foodstuffs and a sum of N63,000 were reportedly recovered from them.
This is just as the troops engaged fleeing Boko Haram terrorists in three villages along the Lake Chad, Borno State, during which they shot dead 13 insurgents and recovered some rounds of ammunition.
According to the army, the terrorists had a gun battle with troops in Chikun Gudu, Tumbuma Karami and Tumbuma Baba areas of the Lake Chad, during which they were shot dead, while others escaped with bullet injuries.
The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations and 8 Division Spokesman, Col. Timothy Antigha, said, “We rounded up 10 suspected Boko Haram smugglers, six females and four males. We recovered household items, foodstuffs and N63,060 cash from the suspects. They are being profiled to determine their involvement in the Boko Haram insurgency.
“In the ongoing clearance operation on the fringes of Lake Chad, the troops went to Chikun Gudu, Tumbuma Karami and Tumbuma Baba, where we neutralised 13 Boko Haram terrorists, while many others escaped with gunshot wounds.
“We recovered three AK-47 rifles, assorted magazines and 306 rounds of ammunition, a tool box, a deep freezer and a Toyota-gun truck. In the same vein, troops destroyed two other Toyota Hilux vehicles, one Toyota truck, two motorcycles and six bicycles.”
Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has inaugurated the Operation Harbin Kunama, to tackle the threat of cattle rustling, kidnapping and insurgency in Falgore Forest in Kano State.
He said this in an interview with journalists after he met with the Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, at the Kano Government House where they discussed modalities on how to combat criminal activities in the Falgore Forest and some parts of Kano South.
He said, “This measure is adopted to fast-track the war against insurgency and criminality in the Falgore Forest and some parts of Kano South. The Nigerian Army will deploy all the necessary machinery to achieve success in this operation and similar operations being carried out in various states of the federation.”
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