•Launches simultaneous attacks against terrorists in four towns
•To shift battleground to Baga, Lake Chad
The Nigerian troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have in its latest counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations offensive inflicted heavy casualties on Boko Haram Terrorists in the North East killing about 100 of their fighters.
According to the Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Brig-Gen. Sani Usman, the military had intheir determined efforts of wiping the remnants of Boko Haram, embarked on aggressive clearance operations on suspected terrorists hideouts and crossing points with tremendous results.
Usman in a statement on Monday, said it is in line with the counter-offensive efforts that they neutralised quite a number of them and recovered various calibre of arms and ammunition in such areas around Goniri in Yobe State, Damasak, Kross Kauwa and Monguno, among other locations in Borno State.
Specifically, he said, the 120 Battalion and the newly formed Nigerian Army Special Forces Command have neutralised over 100 Boko Haram terrorists in various encounters.
He also noted that the Nigerian Air Force Air Task Force component of Operation Lafiya Dole have been giving close air support to ground troops and also faciliating hot pursuit of fleeing infiltrating terrorists in the on going operations.
Significantly, he added, the Air Task Force have destroyed several Boko Haram terrorists gun trucks and facilities.
“The gallant troops have also been repelling attempted efforts by the terrorists to infiltrate their locations. Buoyed by the Chief of Army Staff’s presence and motivation, the troops in the frontline are in renewed positive fighting spirit across the theatre to stop incursions and annihilate the terrorists,” he stated.
He stressed that the battle has now further shifted to the fringes of Lake Chad and other suspected Boko Haram terrorists enclave along the borders.