Usman also revealed that 400 hostages were rescued during the operation.
Usman said troops of the 22 Brigade Garrison were on a routine operation to clear the terrorists' hideouts in Cinga, Mallum Maja, Bosuma and Murye villages, when they found the terrorists hiding in foxholes.
He also revealed that 400 hostages were rescued during the operation.
He said “In compliance with the military high command’s directive which is to ensure that all villages and towns are cleared of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists, troops of 22 Brigade Garrison in Operation Lafiya Dole, on Sunday May 1, 2016 cleared four villages of Boko Haram terrorists hiding in the area.
“The terrorists hibernating in Cinga, Mallum Maja, Bosuma and Murye villages, were armed with dangerous weapons and have been terrorising the communities. During the operations three Boko Haram terrorists were killed while nine of them who tried to hide in foxholes and dugouts were identified and captured alive.”
Members of the Boko Haram sect reportedly murdered 30 Fulani herdsmen during a raid in Alau village in Borno State.
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