This is contained in a statement issued by the Spokesman of the JTF, Lt.-Col. Sagir Musa in Maiduguri.
Musa explained that the JTF encountered the hoodlums during a search at a suspected hideout of the terrorists in Gwange, Maiduguri.
“The JTF conducted a cordon and search operation in Gwange Junction.
“But as the search went on some suspected terrorists opened fire on the troops, leading to exchange of fire that killed seven of them,” he said.
Musa added that 13 other suspects were arrested after the incident.
“No casualty was recorded on the part of the JTF,” Musa said. (NAN)