Troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE dealt a crushing blow to the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists, as it successfully killed 16 of them on Sunday in Kangarwa, Borno state.
A statement issued on Monday evening by the spokesman of the Army, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, read:
“The alert troops rose to the occasion and dealt a decisive blow on the insurgents, by killing 16 of them and recovering arms and ammunitions from them.
“Weapons recovered from the insurgents include 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade 7 tube, 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade bomb, 11 AK-47 Rifle, a 60mm Mortar tube, a dozen of 60mm Mortar bombs, a 36 Hand Grenade, 5 AK-47 rifle magazines, 1 Gionee Handset and 1 Bandolier.
“Unfortunately, an officer and 11 soldiers were wounded in action during the encounter. We are glad to state they have all been treated at the unit’s medical facility and are all in stable condition.
“The troops have continued to intensify vigilance and high level of alertness through patrols and reconnaissance.”
In a related development, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Gabriel Olonishakin averred that the decision to release Boko Haram suspects in exchange for the abducted Chibok schoolgirls as being demanded by the terror sect, will be a political decision.
Olonishakin, who stated this while fielding questions from pressmen in the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday, maintained that the military operations against activities of the terrorist group would continue irrespective of any negotiations with the sect.
His words: “That is a political decision to be taken.
“The military decision is that we are going ahead with our operations.
“The operation is being conducted appropriately.’’
The CDS also made it clear that the military authorities were analysing the video released by Boko Haram sect and “we will make appropriate comments at the right time’’.
Olonishakin said that one of the people declared wanted by the army in connection with the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls had surrendered himself to the army for interrogation.