Nov. 28 (Xinhua)
(with additional reporting by THISDAY)
Nigerian military authority said one
soldier died on Wednesday during an
exchange of fire with Boko Haram while
three of the sect were shot dead in the
troubled northeast city of Maiduguri.
Spokesman of the military led Joint Task
Force (JTF), Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa told Xinhua that the soldier died during a special operation conducted in the metropolis which also resorted into the killing of three of the suspected Islamists while 31 were arrested.
“Based on information, a cordon and
search operation was conducted at
Bulabulin Nganaram area in Maiduguri
metropolis at about 12:30 p.m., local
time. In an exchange of fire, one soldier
was killed, one injured and one immigration personnel missing in action,” he said. “Three Boko Haram men were killed, 31 suspected Boko Haram were arrested, one Ak 47 rifle, one G3 rifle and some quantity of assorted magazines and ammunition were recovered,” Lt Col.Musa added.
Militants of the Boko Haram sect staged
an uprising in Maiduguri in 2009,
attacking state institutions including
prisons, police stations and schools.
Hundreds of people have been killed ever since, either in the attacks or clashes with local security forces.
In a related development, THISDAY Newspapers(Nigeria) reports indicate that Bulabulin has seen many confrontations in the past as many patrol vehicles of the JTF have had many improvised explosive devices thrown at them in the area, indicating that some of the weaponry deployed by the JSTF for this operation included “motorised machine guns (gun-trucks/’technicals’) and armoured personnel carriers”