Ground troops attached to 114 Task Force Battalion of 28 Task Force Brigade alongside members of vigilante group, on Sunday, carried out a mop up operation along Bitta-Damboa axis in Northern Borno state that left four Boko Haram terrorists dead with scores escaping with gunshot wounds.
According to a statement by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations Officer, Col. Sani Usman Kukaksheka, during the operation, the troops encountered Boko Haram terrorists at Bulajani village and successfully cleared and pursued the fleeing Boko Haram members.
“Unfortunately, the troops ran into an ambush, which was eventually cleared enroute back from the pursuit. Five soldiers were wounded in the ambush and their Buffalo vehicle was badly damaged. The troops killed 4 Boko Haram terrorists, while an unconfirmed number escaped with gunshot wounds.
“The patrol recovered 6 bicycles and food storage facility, laden with foodstuffs. They also discovered and safely detonated 1 Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at Madube village.
“The wounded soldiers have been evacuated to 23 Brigade medical facility in Yola for further treatment. ”
“In a related development, troops of 22 Brigade Garrison accompanied by Civilian JTF also carried out patrol at Albanya village and its environs along Dikwa-Marte axis. The troops encountered Boko Haram terrorists at Sinabaya village which is left of Marte-Kaje road in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State. During the encounter, they killed 3 and apprehended 11 Boko Haram terrorists.
“The patrol team also recovered 1 AK-47 rifle with registration number N37113 and 5 AK-47 rifle magazines. Other items recovered include a 36 hand grenade, 3 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, 4 motorcycles, 3 bicycles, 1 magazine pouch and 1 mobile telephone handset.
“The arrested terrorists have been moved to the Brigade Headquarters for preliminary interrogation and subsequent handing over to the Joint Interrogation Committee.
Similarly, aerial troops of OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE at the weekend foiled a plan by Boko Haram Terrorists to ambush forces harbored at Doron Naira, north of Borno State.
A statement issued by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Captain Ayodele, said a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) King Air A350i Beechcraft aircraft on Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission sighted “a group of terrorists in 7 Hilux vehicles, hiding under tress at a location along the axis of advance of own ground forces towards Kangarawa, north of Borno State.”
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Following the discovery, an Alpha Jet was scrambled to attack the Boko Haram location.
“The attack was successful as 15 members of the BHTs were killed and the whole vehicles knocked out.
“The casualty figure was confirmed by ground forces, who subsequently consolidated on the gains of the air effort to pursue and inflict further casualty on the fleeing wounded members of the terrorist group.
“Troops also confirmed that 2 gun trucks were among vehicles destroyed by the Alpha Jet as 2 x AK-47 rifles, 2 x RPGs and cache of assorted munitions were recovered.
“The latest victory against the BHTs brings to fore the important role of airpower in counter insurgency operation.
“In furtherance of this role, the NAF has been relentless in its effort to shape the battlespace and provide favourable environment for own surface forces to operate.”