Troops of the Nigerian military have once again discovered a Boko Haram bomb-making factory in a town in Borno state, an official has said on Friday.
Confirming the discovery in a statement, the Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Colonel Sani Usman, disclosed that soldiers from the 3 Battalion, 22 Brigade, discovered the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) factory in Ngala town, Borno state.
The spokesperson for the Army also revealed that the insurgents continued to use IEDs to attack civilians and soldiers despite being losing the battle.
The statement read: On Friday 30th April 2016, the ever hard working troops of 3 Battalion, 22 Brigade of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, have again succeeded in bursting a secret Boko Haram terrorists’ Improvised Explosive making Device factory in Ngala town, north eastern Nigeria.
It will recalled that despite their defeat, the terrorists continued to attack innocent citizens, military and soft targets through vehicular and human borne Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). Despite ongoing clearance of the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists, they persistently hid the IED manufacturing factories location.
However, that would be no more, thanks to the efficient intelligence and resilience of our troops. It was based on this that we got credible and timely information that made troops to swoop on one of such factories in Ngala town and destroyed it and killed some of the Boko Haram terrorists.
It is heart-warming to inform the public that troops in various parts of the theatre of operation LAFIYA DOLE are doing well and their morale remain very high.
In a similar development, the spokesperson of the Army issued another statement on the successful pre-emptive strike carried out by the troops of 3 Battalion 22 Brigade.
His words: Troops of 3 Battalion 22 Brigade, have today carried out a successful pre-emptive strike to foil a planned Boko Haram terrorists attack on the military and innocent civilians around Wunbi in Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State.
The pre-emptive attack was carried out after information was received about the devilish intention and location of the terrorists. While on a patrol to foil the attack troops encountered the terrorists at Tatakura village 20km South West of Wumbi. There was heavy exchange of fire at the end of which 9 Boko Haram terrorists were killed.
Troops captured 3 AK-47 rifles, 1 Fabrique Nationale rifle, 1 General Purpose Machine Gun, a 60mm Mortar Tube, 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade 7 (RPG 7) Tube, 1 G3-Machine Gun and 7 Fabrique Nationale Magazines. Other recovered items also included 108 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 1 Energa grenade, an RPG 7 Bomb as well as three 60mm mortar bombs and 2 motor cycles.
Unfortunately, 6 of our troops sustained gunshot wounds and have been evacuated for treatment. They are all in stable condition and responding to treatment.
Citizens are once again requested to always provide any useful information they have about suspected persons to the security agencies.