Major K Yakubu, an acting Commanding Officer of the Nigerian Army at the frontline of the war against Boko Haram, has been killed following a gun battle with the terrorists.
Confirming his death, the Defence Headquarters in Abuja, said that Maj. Yakubu who was commanding the 401 Special Forces Brigade, was killed while troops were conducting clearance operation in Doron Naira and Magaji areas of Borno State.
The gun battle also reportedly led to the deaths of nine suspected terrorists. The troops also recovered one 120mm mortar base plate, one religious book, metal links for aircraft ammunition and a roll of copper wire abandoned by the terrorists.
“On June 2, the combined troops of 19 Brigade and 401 Special Forces Brigade conducted a robust clearance operation at Doron Naira and Magaji. The troops had an encounter with some Boko Haram terrorists hibernating in the area,” Major General John Enenche, the Coordinator of the Defence Media Operations, said on Friday.
“The troops, through superior fire, neutralised nine of them. They destroyed one Boko Haram gun truck as well as captured one anti-aircraft gun, two AK-47 rifles and a large cache of anti-aircraft ammunition.
“However, one officer paid the supreme price while one soldier was injured in action. The injured soldier is currently receiving treatment in our military medical facility,” Maj. Gen. Enenche added.
He also stated that two wives of a Boko Haram terrorists commander surrendered to troops in another clearance operation at the 144 Battalion in Madagali, Adamawa State.
“During the encounter at Gajinji, troops neutralised one terrorist and arrested two adult females namely; Aishatu Manye and Kelune Mate who are identified to be the local Boko Haram terrorist commander’s wives,” Enenche noted.
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