Troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole in Borno State have killed five Boko Haram insurgents recovering weapons and other items and pursued others.
Nigerian Army spokesman, Brigadier-General Texas Chukwu, said in a statement to newsmen in Maiduguri yesterday that the troops of the Sector-3 in conjunction with the Civilian JTF while on fighting patrol to Gara village in on Friday, encountered suspected Boko Haram terrorists.
He said five members of the Boko Haram were neutralized during the encounter following the superior firepower of the troops while others escaped with gunshot wounds.
He mentioned items recovered from the insurgents to include: four AK-47 rifles, five magazines, 55-rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, eight rounds of 5.56mm NATO ammunition and 11 mobile phones.
Brigadier-General Chukwu added that assorted drugs, cooking utensils, some quantity of provisions and six horses were also recovered, urging the public to report any suspicious movements or activities in their area to the security agency for prompt action.
Meanwhile, authorities of the Nigerian Army and other heads of security agencies in Borno State yesterday met, calling for more synergy and cooperation towards evolving new strategies in the ongoing fight against insurgency and other sundry crimes.
Speaking during the strategic meeting, the acting General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7-Division, Brigadier-General Abdulmalik Bulama Biu, stressed the need for such routine interaction between all security stakeholders aimed at reinforcing the already existing cooperation and synergy as well as level of information sharing among them.
Brigadier-General Chukwu, said in a statement yesterday that the meeting ended with a resolve for all to redouble efforts and work in synergy and cooperation.
He commended the agencies for judiciously discharging their responsibilities, enjoining all security outfits in the state to step up their efforts and to review their various strategies as the dry season and political climate approach.