Troops of 33 Brigade Nigerian Army on fighting patrol on Friday, encountered suspected kidnappers at Lame Burra forest near Dutsen Ganye, Gunduru and Kati Layin villages, Bauchi State.
A statement from Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman on Saturday, said during a heavy exchange of fire, the troops killed 7 of the kidnappers and destroyed their camps.
He added that they also recovered two AK-47 rifles and three Dane guns at the camp.
Col. Usman disclosed that the troops are still combing the general area to further track down other fleeing members of the criminal gang.
“It is important to state that the Brigade after the initial successes of its Operation FOREST KUNAMA, which was aimed at clearing all livestock rustlers and armed bandits camps in Bauchi and Gombe States general area, the Chief of Army Staff directed them to maintain continued presence at the Lame-Burra forest.
“This is to prevent the criminal elements that fled from returning”, the statement read.
Usman further noted that two Forward Operation Bases (FOBs) were established at Lame and Jimi to cover the Lame and Burra axis of the forest respectively.
He said troops usually carry out periodic fighting patrols into the forest from the FOBs.
In a related development, Usman said troops on Operation Lafiya DoleA deployed at Forward Operation Base (FOB), Buratai in conjunction with local vigilante arrested a suspected Boko Haram terrorist named Adamu Damuna.
The Army spokesman said the suspected terrorist is currently being interrogated.