Maiduguri - The Joint Task Force (JTF) on Operation Restore Order (ORO) has confirmed the death of four suspected Boko Haram members after a gun duel at Kasuwan Kaji in Maiduguri.
The JTF spokesman, Lt.-Col. Sagir Musa who stated this in a statement in Maiduguri on Tuesday, said the suspects comprised a top commander of the group and his three lieutenants.
He said the quartet was believed to have moved into Maiduguri from Kano to wreak havoc before they were uncovered.
"Following a tip-off, a cordon-and-search operation was conducted on Monday at Kasuwan Kaji area in Maiduguri.
"The operation was targeted at arresting a suspected top Boko Haram terrorist commander and his group believedto have sneaked in from Kano to wreak havoc," the spokesman said.
Musa said the group was believed to have carried out recent attacks on JTF patrol vehicles in different parts of Maiduguri.
"It is believed that the group was responsible for the recent series of Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) attacks on JTF patrol vehicles and locations," he said.
Musa pointed out that the JTF had attempted to arrest the suspects at their hideout before an exchange of fire.
"The commander and his three men lost their lives in an exchange of fire, while three other suspects were arrested. They are in our custody undergoing interrogation," he said.
Musa said the JTF recovered three AK 47 rifles, two dane guns, three magazines and 36 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition from the hideout, among other items.