The Nigerian Army says it has killed seven suspected Boko Haram terrorists at Garanda village in Borno State.
The Deputy Director of Information, Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Clement Nwachukwu, confirmed this to Channels Television on Thursday.
He revealed that the armed group had on Tuesday eve launched an attack on a military location in the village in Guzamala Local Government Area of the state.
Colonel Nwachukwu said the troops, who were already on alert, responded swiftly and repelled the attack, killing seven of the assailants in the encounter.
He, however, noted that eight soldiers were injured and had been taken to a military hospital in Maiduguri, the state capital for treatment.
Meanwhile, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Thursday said one of its staff was killed at the same location.
The spokesperson for the emergency agency, Mr Sani Datti, confirmed in a statement that John Iliya met his death in Garanda while digging trenches around some liberated communities with NEMA excavators.
While mourning the deceased, the Director-General of NEMA, Mustapha Maihaja, had dispatched a team of officials to Maiduguri to facilitate the return of Iliya’s remains to his family.
Hundreds of residents displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency have voluntarily returned to Gudumbali recently, the local government headquarters of Guzamala.
The trenches are being dug as part of measures to boost the security of villages around the area.