The troops carried out clearance patrol from Bitta, up to the Junction point at Gambori village, in northern Borno.
A statement from Acting Director, Army Public Relations Officer, Col Sani Usman Kukaksheka said, during the operation, the troops encountered Boko Haram terrorists at Bulajani village and successfully cleared and pursued the fleeing Boko Haram members.
“Unfortunately, the troops ran into an ambush, which was eventually cleared enroute back from the pursuit. Five soldiers were wounded in the ambush and their Buffalo vehicle was badly damaged. The troops killed 4 Boko Haram terrorists, while an unconfirmed number escaped with gun shot wounds.
“The patrol recovered 6 bicycles and food storage facility, laden with foodstuffs. They also discovered and safely detonated 1 Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at Madube village.
“The wounded soldiers have been evacuated to 23 Brigade medical facility in Yola for further treatment. ”
In a related development, troops of 22 Brigade Garrison accompanied by Civilian JTF also carried out patrol at Albanya village and its environs, along Dikwa-Marte axis.
The statement said the troops encountered Boko Haram terrorists at Sinabaya village, which is left of Marte-Kaje road, in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State.
“During the encounter, they killed 3 and apprehended 11 Boko Haram terrorists.
“The patrol team also recovered 1 AK-47 rifle, with registration number N37113 and 5 AK-47 rifle magazines. Other items recovered include a 36 hand grenade, 3 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, 4 motorcycles, 3 bicycles, 1 magazine pouch and 1 mobile telephone handset.
“The arrested terrorists have been moved to the Brigade Headquarters for preliminary interrogation and subsequent handing over to the Joint Interrogation Committee. “