Troops of the 81 Battalion laid an ambush against some insurgents and killed five of them seizing some items in the process at Sambisa forest.
The ambush was carried out by some elements of 251 Task Force Battalion, 25 Brigade. The insurgents were said to be escaping from Sambisa forest to Fulawani village.
It was further gathered that the ambushed terrorists were trying to link up with other terrorists or members of their families to relocate to other places when they were ambushed by the troops.
Earlier, the troops had intercepted a group of women and children who claimed to have escaped from the terrorists’ enclave in Sambisa forest.
It was learnt that during screening and interrogation, it was confirmed that they were the terrorists’ advance party relocating to a new safe haven following intense tactical operations by troops.
Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the Director, Army Public Relations said the troops sprang a surprise ambush on the group of escaping terrorists from Sambisa forest crossing towards Alagarno mounted on motorcycles and bicycles, and killed five of them and recovering a number items.
The items include five motorcycles, nine bicycles, 80 new pairs of bathroom slippers, assorted laundry items, polythene bags and mats.