The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, killed nine suspected terrorists at Bulabulin, Borno.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, said in a statement that the troops had also wounded several others in the fight, which lasted for about an hour.
“The troops’ hand held radio was, however, badly damaged during the encounter”, Mr. Usman, a colonel, said.
The Army spokesman said two AK-47 rifles, two hand grenades, one Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs), five jerry cans of Premium Motor Spirit and nine motorcycles were recovered from the terrorists.
“The troops would continue the clearance operation of the remnants of the Boko Haram in nooks and crannies of their areas of operation with renewed vigour and determination”.
Meanwhile, troops with assistance of Civilian JTF arrested three suspected members of the Boko Haram sect in a cattle market.
The Army spokesman said the suspects include Abba Go Dallagio, Abba Fanned and Alhaji Nwariye.
The suspected terrorists, who confessed to being part of logistics elements of the Boko Haram sect during preliminary investigation, claimed that they entered into Maiduguri through Mafa with about 200 cows for sale at Maiduguri cattle market.
They further claimed that proceeds are remitted to the group to fund their nefarious activities.
So far, troops have identified and isolated 23 cows at the cattle market.
Col. Usman said one of their agent and spy at the market, Alhaji Ajid Umar, has also been arrested while 170 cows were isolated in connection with him.
The statement said all the suspects are undergoing preliminary investigation.