The Nigerian and Cameroonian troops have killed 35 Boko Haram terrorists and rescued 603 civilians held hostage.
The success was facilitated by a joint operation of troops of Operation Lafiya Dole and the Cameroonian Defence Forces, a statement from the Deputy Director Public Relations, Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu said on Tuesday night.
The joint operation was carried out as part of clearance exercise of troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in troubled North East.
According to him, the troops took the battle to the terrorists.
The statement read in part: “In a clearance operation, the troops took the battle to the terrorists in their enclaves at Kusha-Kucha, Surdewala, Alkanerik, Magdewerne and Mayen villages, all situated along the Nigerian – Cameroonian border.”
“The troops destroyed 15 locally fabricated rifles captured from the Boko Haram fighters and destroyed 4 Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), several motorcycles and bicycles.”
Nwachukwu explained that the combined troops also tracked insurgents to Bokko, Daushe and Gava villages, where they unleashed another attack on the fleeing insurgents.
In the process, two of them were killed in the fire-fight and recovered one AK 47 rifle, a magazine, a trolley and some quantity petrol in Jerry cans.
The rescued persons, he said, were undergoing profiling, preparatory to their handover to appropriate officials of Internally Displaced Persons, IDP.
This latest feat comes a week after the military has been criticized for not doing enough in the abduction of over 100 students of Government Girls Science and Technical College Dapchi, in Yobe state, after gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists invaded the school.
Among which is the Yobe State Government that blamed the abduction of the Dapchi schoolgirls on the withdrawal of security personnel from communities in the state.
But the military was quick to defend itself stressing that the role of securing the school was vested with “sister security agency.”