Nigerian troops fighting Boko Haram on Saturday said they killed 13 terrorists and arrested 10 others engaged in smuggling in supplies for the group.
"In the ongoing clearance operation around the fringes of Lake Chad, troops of 8 Task Force Division have continued to hit the few remaining Boko Haram hideouts and what is left of their logistics holding," said Timothy Antigha, deputy director, public relations, 8 Task Force Division, in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES.
Mr. Antigha, a colonel, said, "In the last 72 hours, gallant troops operating in Chikun Gudu, Tumbuma Karami and Tumbuma Baba have neutralized 13 Boko Haram terrorists, while many others escaped with gunshot wounds.
"Similarly, troops recovered 3 AK 47 and 1 pump action riffles, assorted riffle magazines and 306 rounds of ammunition, tool box, deep freezer and a Toyota gun truck. In the same vein, troops destroyed 2 other Toyota Hilux vehicles, 1 Toyota truck, 2 Motorcycles and 6 bicycles.
"In a related development, troops of 242 Battalion, acting on a tip off, rounded up 10 suspected Boko Haram smugglers. The suspects comprising 6 females and 4 males were arrested in Monguno and No low do Malgori with assorted house - hold items, food stuff and 63, 060 Naira cash.
"The suspects are being profiled to determine the extent of their involvement in Boko Haram insurgency."