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No less than 10 Boko Haram fighters were on Wednesday killed by soldiers of the Nigeria military during an ambush at a village near Maiduguri, Borno State, an official has said.
A statement issued in Maiduguri by Col. Timothy Atigha, the deputy director Army Public Relations at the 8 Task Force Division, said the operation was carried out in Maza village of Mafa Local Government Area.
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Mr. Antigha said on Wednesday night that the 10 Boko Haram fighters were killed as troops pushed forward “ongoing efforts to deny terrorists freedom of action in it’s Area of Responsibility.”
He also said that the troops launched two separate attacks against the insurgents at Maza, Danari and Mowo villages of Marte and Monguno Local Government Areas.
He said: “In continuation of ongoing efforts to deny terrorists freedom of action in its area of responsibility, troops of the 8 Task Force Division have neutralised 10 terrorists in Maza village of Marte Local Government Area of the state.
“The terrorists fell into an ambush laid by troops at about 9: 00 p.m. on Tuesday as they attempted to sneak back into their swampy hideouts in the Lake Chad Basin.
“Items recovered from the terrorists include 10 bicycles, 11 carts containing food items and 2 cows. In a related development, troops also recovered 50 cows abandoned by fleeing terrorists, during clearance operations conducted in Danari and Mowo villages in Monguno Local Government Area.
“It should be noted that as the noose continues to tighten on Boko Haram terrorists, couple with the wet season, they have resorted to the use of bicycles and charts as means of transportation.”
The Maza ambush happened at about 9 p.m., about two hours after three suicide bombers attacked a village market in Konduga Local Government where they caused the death of about 20 persons while over 80 others were critically injured.