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Troops crush fleeing Book Haram terrorists in Goniri, Yobe State

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•2 soldiers sustained injuries

Babatunde Abiodun

The Nigerian troops engaged in Operation Deep Punch II component of Operation Lafiya Dole, has on Friday crushed some desperate Boko Haram terrorists attempting to escape the theatre through one of their blocking positions in Goniri, Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State.

The Assistant Director, Army Public Relations Officer, 27 Task Force Brigade, Major Nureni Alimi said the troops recovered an Anti-aircraft gun with long belt of ammunitions, an AK-47 Rifle and other items.

Alimi said the terrorists in attempt to penetrate through the troops lying in wait were “mercilessly trashed”.

According to him, the troops destroyed their Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), neutralized quite a number and wounded several other escaping Boko Haram terrorists.

He stated: “Immediately the terrorists encountered the troops around 6:20pm, they adopted rapid firing, while the troops responded with maximum volume of fire. The troops’ tank tactically flanked and crushed the IED laden vehicle of the terrorists.

“The response was very efficient as only 2 soldiers sustained minor injuries. The two brave soldiers are currently receiving treatment in the Brigade Field Ambulance.”

Alimi said that preliminary investigation revealed that some unscrupulous Boko Haram terrorists informants might have hinted the terrorist group that the troops had moved along with their equipment out of the blocking position the previous day, hoping that penetration through the area would have been easy.

Disappointedly, he said, they met gallant troops who proved too impenetrable, frustrated their effort and cleared their doubt.”

He noted that having been forced out of their hideouts due to the ongoing Operation Deep Punch II, the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists have resorted to marauding around isolated communities and fleeing the theatre.

He however, assured that the troops have remained resilient and on maximum alert, full of high morale remains very high.

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