The ongoing clearance Operations by the Nigerian troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have seen about 10 Boko Haram terrorists and three soldiers killed in the recent clashes in some parts of Borno State in North East of the country.
The Nigerian army spokesperson Sani Usman, on Saturday, January 14, said the troops of 119 Battalion and 133 Special Forces Battalion of 7 Brigade, Nigerian army, deployed at Kangarwa, Kukawa Local Government Area, Borno State carried out the latest clearance operations.
Usman, a brigadier general said the operation which was carried with the assistance of the Nigerian air force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance planes dealt a decisive below on Boko Haram terrorists that dared attack on their location yesterday.
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According to Usman: “The futile attack which was launched by the terrorists group from the shores of the Lake Chad in the evening and lasted till later in the night.”
He said: “The resilient troops repelled the incursion and in the process killed 10 insurgents and wounded several others.
“They recovered, 1 Pulemyot Kalashnkova Machine (PKM) Gun, with 67 rounds of ammunition, 1 AK-47 Riffle with 18 rounds of ammunition, 2 AK-Rifle top covers and 3 Dane Guns with 1 cartridge.”
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He listed other items recovered to include, 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade Tube with 3 bombs, 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade charger and smoke grenade, 1 Hand Held (HH) Motorola Radio an antenna, 1 copy of Holy Quran and Boko Haram terrorists flag.
“Unfortunately, 3 soldiers paid the supreme price in the course of the encounter, while 27 soldiers sustained various degrees of injuries. The bodies of the gallant soldiers and those injured have since been evacuated for treatment, ” he stated.Usman however, assured that fhe troops have continued to trailed those terrorists that escaped with gunshot wounds.
He added that the troops have also intensified vigilance and high level of alertness and making concerted efforts to clear the remnants of the terrorists in various nooks and crannies.