The Nigerian Army saidÂ on SaturdayÂ that it had killed 19 suspected Boko Haram insurgents, including one of their commanders during a â€œclearance operationsâ€ in Chukungudu village and surrounding communities in Borno.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement in Maiduguri that the operation followed the receipt of credible information on the presence of the camps and facilities of the insurgents in the village.
He said a carefully planned and deliberate attack, comprising troops of 22 Brigade Garrison, 153 Task Force Battalion of 7 Division, 8 Task Force Division, Nigeria Air Force Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) and some Civilian JTF, was carried out.
â€œWhile advancing to the location, the troops encountered Boko Haram terrorists ambush positions at Muskari, Gilam and Hausasi, before descending on their main objective at Chukungudu.
â€œDuring the encounter at the camp, the troops killed 19 Boko Haram terrorists, including their notorious leader in the area called Ameer Abubakar Gana,â€ the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted Usman as saying in the statement.
He said the troops also uncovered and destroyed Improvised Explosive Devises (IEDs) making factory during the operation.