Troops of 22 Brigade Garrison in Operation Lafiya Dole, have captured 9 militants of the terror group, Boko Haram, who tried hiding in foxholes and dug outs, while 3 other insurgents were killed during mop up operations in Cinga, Mallum Maja, Bosuma and Murye villages, in Borno state on Sunday.
This development was confirmed in a statement issued by the Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Colonel Sani Usman, who said:
“Items recovered from them include 9 Dane guns, 3 machetes, 1 bow with arrows, 6 motor cycles used by the Boko Haram terrorists to ferry slaughtered cow meats to Boko Haram terrorists hideouts were recovered and burnt.”
“Other items recovered include 1 tricycle, 4 x Tiger Generators and 1 solar panel. The troops also recovered 300 herds of cattle rustled by the Boko Haram terrorists from Fulani herdsmen and handed over to their rightful owners.”
“Similarly, 400 persons held hostage by the terrorists were rescued and set free. It is gratifying to state that we have not sustain any casualty to own troops and equipment and troops morale remain very high.”
In a related development on Sunday, the Nigerian military announced that it had commenced large-scale operations to smoke out Boko Haram terrorists from their Sambisa forest hideout in Borno.
The Theater Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, made the disclosure known while briefing pressmen in Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno state.
“I want to inform you that troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole are conducting operations in the heart of Sambisa as we speak.
“The troops are deep into the forest to smoke out Boko Haram terrorists,” Mr. Irabor said.