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Troops Retake Borno Town From Boko Haram, 2 Soldiers Killed By landmines

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BEVERLY HILLS, August 21, (THEWILL) – As part of the continued offensive operations against Boko Haram terrorists, troops of 7 Brigade Friday entered and cleared Gudumbali town, Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State.

During the operation, quite a number of Boko Haram terrorists were killed and their weapons and equipment destroyed, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the Acting Director Army Public Relations, said in a statement, adding that troops are currently doing clearance operations in the general area.

The Nigerian Air Force had earlier inflicted heavy damage on the terrorists' camps within the area.

In a related development, troops of 5 Brigade Explosive Ordinance Devices (EOD) Unit while advancing towards Dikwa ran into landmines buried by the Boko Haram, the statement further said.

Unfortunately, 2 soldiers lost their lives, while 2 others were critically injured.

“The bodies of the two gallant soldiers have been evacuated, to the rear, while the other two wounded soldiers have also been evacuated and are receiving treatment at the military hospital. The unit also lost a Mowag Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) due to the buried landmine between old Marte and Kerenoa junction in Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State.

“Despite this sad event, the troops are not deterred as they continued their advance and pursuing the terrorists to their enclaves in Sambisa forest.

“Similarly, it is important to note that troops in the various formations and units in Operation LAFIYA DOLE are in high spirit and more determined to destroy the terrorists camps and enclaves,” the statement added.