Nigerian troops on Thursday arrested four fleeing Boko Haram members who had planted mines and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) along Gombori route.
During interrogation, the arrested terrorists had said they were on their way to surrender to the military but according Army’s investigation, they were confirmed Boko Haram terrorists members planting IEDs along troops routes.
Army spokesman, Col. Usman Sani, the operation followed information provided by an arrested suspected Boko Haram terrorist, identified as Lawan Abbai.
He said; “troops on Operation LAFIYA DOLE yesterday morning carried out mine and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) clearance at Gombori which was along the troops main supply route.
“The troops located and recovered 2 heavy IEDs buried in the ground by suspected remnants of Boko Haram terrorists. In the process of recovering the deadly IEDs, the troops intercepted 4 fleeing suspected Boko Haram terrorists that alleged that were on their way to surrender to troops.
“On preliminary investigation, they were identified as confirmed Boko Haram terrorists members planting IEDs along troops routes by their arrested colleague.
“Additionally, the troops rescued 5 women and a baby from Boko Haram terrorists at the same general area,” Usman said.