At least 81 Boko Haram fighters were on Sunday eliminated by the Nigerian Troops after a fierce gun battle inside Sambisa forest.
A soldier was however killed by a landmine while four others sustained injuries.
The Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Farouk Yahaya, said the surviving terrorists fled from battle, attacking communities along their path.
According to him, the troops of Sector 1 comprising troops of 21 and 26 Brigades supported by Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) cleared terrorists from many villages in the axis including Garin Bello, Kwoche, Lawanti, Alfa Bula Hassan and Alfa Cross among others.
He said following intelligence, the troops moved inside Sambisa to dislodge insurgents but encountered stiff resistance from the terrorists who planted explosives along the troops’ route.
“The relentless troops destroyed the terrorists’ camps and recovered gun trucks and weapons as NAF aircraft continue to provide close air and interdiction support to the ground forces
“Regrettably a soldier paid the supreme sacrifice with 4 other soldiers wounded in an improvised explosive devices incident,” he said.
He also paid tribute to the fallen hero and urged the troops to honour his memory by dealing with the terrorists “ruthlessly without mercy.”
Meanwhile,a large number of fleeing Boko Haram terrorists on sunday invaded Zira and Gur villages in Biu South Local Government Area of Borno State.
“The terrorists stormed the communities at about 4:30pm on Sunday, on motorcycles and gun trucks and set ablaze many houses, while residents scampered for safety”.
NAF aircraft later engaged the fleeing terrorists from the air.