The Nigeria Army has said troops of the 7 brigade on operation Zaman-Lafiya Dole in the northeastern part of the country have cleared Gudumbali town in Borno state of Boko Haram terrorists.
The army spokesperson, Col. Sani Usman, in a statement Friday, said the troops on continued offensive operations, entered and cleared Gudumbali town in Kukawa Local Government Area.
However, a number of troops were killed, their weapons and equipment destroyed during the operation.
Colonel Usman recalled that the Nigerian Air Force has inflicted heavy damage on the terrorists’ camps within the general area last Monday.
He also said: “troops of 5 Brigade Explosive Ordinance Devices (EOD) unit, while advancing towards Dikwa, ran into landmines buried by the terrorists between old Marte and Kerenoa junction in Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State”.
“Unfortunately, 2 soldiers lost their lives, while 2 others were critically injured due to the landmine explosion”, he added.
Usman said: “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.”
He further said the military formation lost a Mowag Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) at the same location.
“Despite this sad event”, he said, “the troops are not deterred as they continued their advance and pursuing the terrorists to their enclaves in Sambisa forest”.