The Nigerian army has confirmed that they apprehended 16 Boko Haram terrorists, including two top commanders of the terrorist sect, during an Operation Sting attack.
This comes a few hours after the deadly terrorist group laid ambush on a military convoy and killed two Nigerian soldiers.
The Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, who issued a statement on Tuesday to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja announced that 16 terrorists were arrested at Pulka in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State and two notable Boko Haram commanders were among the captives.
The successful attack by the Nigerian army was made in collaboration with the Civilian Joint Task Force.
"The preliminary investigation on the apprehended terrorists revealed that some of the suspects participated in the attack on Pulka and Gwoza including the killing of some Nigerian Police personnel some time ago," Col. Iliyasu explained.
He also said that the two arrested Boko Haram commanders were on the most wanted Boko Haram list published earlier this year by the Nigerian army. Their names included Lawan Garliga and Bayaga Manye, with serial numbers 41 and 90 respectively.
"It is heartwarming to note that two of the arrested Boko Haram criminals have been on the army’s most wanted Boko Haram list earlier published," Col. Iliyasu added.