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Boosted by Buratai’s presence, troops decimate dozens of terrorists in Goniri

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Senator Iroegbu

The Nigerian troops boosted by the presence of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, killed dozens of Boko Haram terrorists in an ambush in Goniri, Yobe State.

This is following an aborted attempt by terrorists to infiltrate 120 Task Force Battalion location at Goniri, Yobe State, Sector 2 Operation Lafiya Dole, at about 1833 hours on Wednesday, June 26 2019. 


The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sagir Musa, in a statement  on Thursday said the troops of the Battalion, in a professional manner, – tactically waited for the terrorists to close into the killing range and opened heavy volume of fire on the criminals who approached the location with seven gun trucks and several other fighters on motorcycles.


Musa stated that the “ambush resulted in the annihilation of dozens of terrorists, many fled with some levels of injuries and the following equipment were captured; five Gun Trucks, Vehicule Blinde Leger (VBL), Assorted quantity of ammunition, and unconfirmed number of motorcycles were destroyed”.


He said that “Buratai who has been in the Theatre of Operation for sometimes, commended the  efforts and successes of the troops in recent encounters with the terrorists and charged them to sustain and upscale  the tempo of the operation.


“He enjoined troops to be more vigilant and assured them of continuous support to ensure the looming defeat of the dying Boko Haram terrorists and the eventual destruction of fledgling Islamic State West Africa Province battling to establish dominant presence in Nigeria.”


Generally, he added, in comparable terms, the security situation within the North East zone is relatively calm and under control as troops remain committed and resolute to conducting robust multiple aggressive operations to end the insurgency. 


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