•Links up with MNJTF in Baga
The Nigerian military has again, inflicted heavy casualties on Boko Haram splinter group of Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), recovering several towns earlier lost to the terrorists in northern part of Borno State North East Nigeria.
This was disclosed in a statement on Thursday by the Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Brig-Gen. Sani Usman, saying that the troops have been able to link up with others of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJT) in the strategic town of Baga.
Usman however, regretted that the troops lost an officer and a soldier with fivw others wounded in the ongoing counter-offensive against Boko Haram Terrorists.
The statement read: “In the determined efforts to wipe out remnants of Boko Haram terrorists that now goes by the appellation of Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), the gallant troops of the newly formed Nigerian Army Special Forces Command (NASFC), Operation Lafiya Dole, have given the terrorists that attacked troops location in Baga a bloody nose.
“The triumphant troops, particularly the highly revered 707 Special Forces Brigade which is the vanguard of the great exploit, dealt the decisive blow that neutralised several terrorists along that axis despite prior warning to them by some unpatriotic elements.”
“The Special Forces commenced clearance operations on 28th December 2018, where they cleared Zare, Gudumbali, Kukawa and Cross Kauwa without any resistance from suspected terrorists. However, at Cross Kauwa, the unfortunate ISWAP terrorists made a costly mistake of raising their ugly heads. In professional fashion the troops exploited the situation to instantly and decisively neutralise the insurgents and captured some equipment.
“Though some of the terrorists attempted to infiltrate troops camp at Monguno, the gallant troops lured them and neutralised many of them and recovered some arms and ammunition. “
“The troops who are in high spirit had since linked up with other forces in Baga where they cleared the Naval Base and the surrounding areas. Unfortunately, in the process, the Special Forces lost one officer and a soldier, while five other soldiers sustained injuries. The remains of the two fallen heroes and the wounded have since been evacuated. The injured soldiers are in stable condition and receiving medical attention. The troops are now busy consolidating and clearing vestiges of the terrorists within the northern Borno State axis with special emphasis on the Lake Chad region,” he added.
According to the DAPR, the “Special Forces attained these great strides in close operational synergy with Air Task Force of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) who gave Intelligence and close air support by bombarding the ISWAP terrorists.
“The outstanding and dare devil exploits of the NAF’s pilots gave more courage and fire power to the troops. Similarly, the Nigerian Navy Special Forces were not left out of this gallant efforts.”