Nigerian soldiers carrying out clearance operations against Boko Haram terrorists in the North east, have arrested five terrorists who specialize in planting landmines, IEDS and other explosives along routes used by troops.
Several soldiiers while embarking on patrol duties have been killed by such explosives as so many vehicles including armoured tanks, patrol vans and logisrics equipment have been destroyed by such IEDS.
A statement from Army headquarters signed by Col Sani Usman detailing the arrests also noted that five women and a child were rescued by troops in anorher operation.
The statement reads, "Following information provided by an arrested suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Lawan Abbai, troops on Operation Lafiya Dole yesterday morning carried out mine and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) clearance at Gombori which was along the troops main supply route.
"The troops located and recovered 2 heavy IEDs buried in the ground by suspected remnants of Boko Haram terrorists.
"In the process of recovering the deadly IEDs, the troops intercepted 4 fleeing suspected Boko Haram terrorists that alleged that were on their way to surrender to troops.
"On preliminary investigation, they were identified as confirmed Boko Haram terrorists members planting IEDs along troops routes by their arrested colleague, Lawan Abbai.
"Additionally, the troops rescued 5 women and a baby from Boko Haram terrorists at the same general area."