The Nigeria Army, says it has killed 20 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists and rescued 241 abductees around Rann general area in Borno State.
The North East Theatre of Operation Sector 1 troops Operation LAFIYA DOLE achieved the feat last Saturday while conducting a long range fighting patrol to clear identified terrorists’ settlements in continuation with the war on terror in the region.
Theatre Commander Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Maj Gen Faruk Yahaiya disclosed this on Thursday in a statement which was made available to TheNewspad.com
The troops according to him, moved further to a recently identified Boko Haram terrorists’ infested settlement – Mudu village where 241 kidnapped victims – comprising of 105 women and 136 children were rescued from terrorists’ captivity.
He said the village and other surrounding terrorists’ camps were equally destroyed by the courageous troops.
The statement in part reads: “In continuation with the war on terror in the North East Theatre of Operation, Sector 1 troops Operation LAFIYA DOLE have continued with long range fighting patrols and ambushes across their area of responsibility with commendable successes been achieved by neutralizing more Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists, arms and Ammunition recoveries and in some cases kidnapped victims were largely freed.
“Specifically, in the ongoing operation “KANTANA JIMLAN”, based on credible intelligence exposing the hideouts of some BH/ISWAP terrorists, troops of Army Super Camp 11 Gamboru, led by the Commanding Officer of 3 Battalion.
“During the operation, contact was made with the terrorists which led to an exchange of fire which resulted in the extermination of five (5) terrorists and the capture of the following items: 2 x motorcycles, 2 x bicycles, 1 x amplifier, 1 x battery, 2 x sewing machines and 4 x BHTs’ flags.
The statement stressed however that strenuous efforts to locate the terrorists’ armoury in the general area was unsuccessful as the Armourer had escaped before the arrival of the forces.
“In the encounters, twelve (12) Boko Haram terrorists met their Waterloo during the battle at terrorists’ settlement at Mudu general area.
Meanwhile, troops of 151 Battalion in the Army had on the 24th of May 2020, staged a successful night ambush operation at a recently identified terrorists crossing point at Firgi, where contact was made which led to an intense battle that resulted in the death of three (3) BHTs and several others were obviously wounded which forced them to abandon two motor cycles.
Similarly, following BHTs’ attack on military location on the 27th of May 2020, troops of 155 Battalion Banki Junction, carried out exploitation operation towards Sambisa forest in pursuit of fleeing BHTs.
The efforts of the troops yielded uncommon success as two (2) terrorists dead bodies, heavy cache of assorted arms, ammunition and other equipment were recovered.
“The recovered items are:
1 x Cobra APC, 1 x Dushka Anti Aircraft Gun, 1 x AK 47 rifle, 1 x FN rifle and 3 x Hand Grenades. Others are 2 x AK 47 magazines, 1 x FN rifle magazine, 78 x rounds of 12.7mm AA ammunition, 25 x rounds of 7.62mm special, 25 x rounds of locally fabricated Ak 47 rifle and a blanket”.
The Commander, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Maj Gen Faruk Yahaiya has commended the troops of the Sector for their sustained successes and urged other Sectors to brace up to ensure the speedy defeat of terrorism in Nigeria.
Faruk who conveyed the commendation of the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai to the troops for their uncommon hard work and dedication, assured the combatants of the Chief of Army Staff’s unflinching support at all times and urged them to maintain the momentum to the very end”.