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Defence headquarters confirms death of 30 Boko Haram insurgents

24 April 2013, 07:17

Abuja - The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has confirmed the death of 30 Boko Haram insurgents in an encounter with the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Baga, Borno, on April 19.

This confirmation is contained in a statement signed by Brig.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, the Director of Defence Information in Abuja on Tuesday.

The statement confirmed that one soldier was killed and 5 others injured, while five insurgents were arrested and many others escaped with bullet wounds.

The statement said that Gen. Austin  Edokpaye, who is in-charge of the task force in Borno, gave the update on the encounter with the Boko Haram.

 It said: "The JTF troops on routine patrol at Baga–Mallam Garati Road had an encounter with Boko Haram terrorists at about 7:30pm on Friday.

"Unfortunately, six civilians lost their lives and 10 other civilians were injured in the crossfire."

According to the statement, three rocket propelled grenade launchers, two rocket propelled grenade bombs, four AK 47 rifles were recovered from the terrorists.

Other items recovered included 435 assorted ammunitions, several quantities of Improvise Explosive Devices (IEDs) materials, while three land cruiser vehicles belonging to the insurgents were damaged.

It also confirmed that the explosion from Boko Haram's sophisticated IED exploded and burnt 30 thatched houses in the fishing community.



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