The Nigerian Army has said that its troops have killed about 107 Boko Haram insurgents during two different encounters in Sambisa forest, Borno State.
In a statement issued on Monday by the director Army Public Relations, by Sani Usman, it was gathered that four soldiers lost their lives in the operation while nine others sustained injuries.
He said the troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE have been making tremendous progress in the ongoing ‘Operation DEEP PUNCH 2’ in the various sectors.
It was learnt that more than 50 Boko Haram fighters were killed around the Lake Chad General Area, near the northern Borno State, where arms and ammunition of the group were also captured and destroyed on Monday.
On the same day, over 57 others were killed during the same operation in Metele area of Borno.
He continued: “Troops yesterday Monday 8th January 2018, cleared Boko Haram terrorists in Metele village, Tumbun Gini and Tumbun Ndjamena. During the clearance operations, Boko Haram terrorists abandoned the area in disarray leaving behind livestock, a large quantity of foodstuff, motorcycles and donkeys.”
“Also in Metele however, the terrorists attempted to attack troops in harbour, but this was stiffly resisted with heavy casualty on Boko Haram terrorists. Troops neutralized over 57 of them, destroyed gun trucks and other equipment.
“Troops also captured 1 Anti-Aircraft Gun, 116 rounds of 12.7mm ammunition with metal links, 4 Ak-47 rifles, 57 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition (Special), 2 Light Machine Guns, 2 Rocket Propelled Grenade 7 (RPG 7) Tubes, with one RPG Bomb and 2 already primed 36 Hand Grenades. Other recovered items include 1 Small Solar panel with a Gionee mobile phone, 1 Holy Qur’an, 6 Hadith Books, as well as 5 Gun trucks.
“Sadly, 4 of our troops paid the supreme price while 9 others were wounded in action. Specifically, a Boko Haram vehicle laden with Improvised Explosive Devices rammed into an MRAP vehicle which exploded killing 3 soldiers, a Civilian JTF and wounding the other soldiers.
“The remains of the gallant and wounded heroes have been evacuated to 8 Division Medical Services and Hospital, Monguno.”
The Nigerian military has made a considerable gain on the Boko Haram front, with its troops having dislodged Boko Haram fighters from the Sambisa Forest, their last enclave in the country.