•Many others injured, arms and ammunition recovered
•A soldier killed, another injured
The Nigerian troops engaged in ongoing clearance operations in parts of the North East has eliminated 11 Boko Haram terrorists with many others injured.
This was achieved by troops of Sector 1 Operation Lafiya Dole after seven days of sustained engagement against the terrorists hibernating within its own Area of Operation in the theatre.
The Coordinator Defence Media Operations Defence Headquarters, Maj-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday detailing the efforts of the troops within the period of operations.
“In summary about 11 Boko Haram criminals were neutralized while many escaped with injuries and equipment & supplies captured and destroyed while some surrendered,” Enenche said.
Unfortunately, he confirmed that a soldier died while another one was injured during the entire operations.
He also disclosed that due to the ongoing offensive action within the Sector Area of Operations on 23 April 2020, two members of the Boko Haram terrorists came out from Bula Bello and Yerimari Gana and surrendered to the troops of 21 SAB Garrison deployed at Bama.
According to him, the two surrendered terrorists were handed over to 21SAB Military Intelligence Regiment and that “during preliminary investigation, they revealed that the sustained military operations by land and air made them to surrender”.
Additionally, he said, on 21 April 2020, a total of 19 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) arrived Army Super Camp 6 Bama from Jebe village.
He said the IDPs were searched, screened and accommodated at the military holding facility pending the conclusion of preliminary investigation and that they “were fed while the minors were administered with polio vaccines”.
He also assured that the Armed Forces of Nigeria remain resolute and highly committed to end the Boko Haram insurgency, while urging the public to continue to provide timely and credible information for the enhancement of our operations.
Rest of the statement reads: “Within the period, on 22 April, 2020, troops of 121 Task Force (TF) Battalion under 26 Task Force Brigade while in ambush position, made contact with Boko Haram terrorists at crossing point Pulka-Firgi road. One Boko Haram terrorists was killed, One loaded AK 47 rifle recovered. Additionally, a motorcycle painted in Military colour along with one locally fabricated Hand grenade were also recovered.
“Similarly, on 24 April, 2020, troops of 192 Battalion of 26 Brigade deployed at Gwoza, while on night ambush operations came in contact with BHTs attempting to cross through the Mandara mountains to Sambisa Forest and in the ensuing fire fight neutralised 2 Boko Haram terrorists while several others escaped in disarray with gunshot wounds while a bicycle and 2 copies of the Holy Qur’an with assorted clothing items were recovered. In the same vein, on 27 April, 2020, troops of Echo Company 114 Battalion in blocking position at Izge Response Area (RA) received information of Boko Haram terrorists attack at Yenegu village about 5 kilometres from own troops location.”
“On receipt of the information, the dogged troops swiftly mobilised and engaged the BHTs who fled due to superior fire power from the troops. No casualty was recorded by own troops while 2 Boko Haram terrorists were neutralised.
“Equally, the gallant troops of 152 Task Force Batallion deployed at Kumshe under 21 Special Armoured Brigade (SAB) engaged Boko Haram terrorists in a fierce fire fight with the Boko Haram terrorists who attacked their location on 22 April, 2020. Unfortunately in the process, one soldier paid the supreme sacrifice while another sustained gunshot wound. However, 3 Boko Haram terrorists were neutralised, 1 motorcycle captured as others were suspected to have fled with life threatening injuries.”
“Also on 24 April, 2020, troops of 151 Battalion of 21 SAB conducted ambush operations along Firgi general area and made contact with Boko Haram terrorists. No casualty on own troops while items recovered includes 1 Ak 47 rifle, 2 motorcycles and 2 bicycles. Consolidating on the gains of the successes so far achieved, troops of 152 Battalion in another ambush operation on 26 April 20 made contact with Boko Haram terrorists food supply party near their crossing point at Miyanti. The criminals were engaged, a soldier sustained minor injury while 3 Boko Haram terrorists were killed, 4 Carts conveying several food items and clothing were destroyed at the location.”
“While on general clearance operations within Sector 1 Area of Operations (AOR), troops of 222, 151, 21 SAB Garrisons and 202 Battalion under 21 SAB were led by the Garrisons Commander 21SAB on clearance operations to Bula Shatane village 15 Kilometres from Bama and came in contact with Boko Haram terrorists who fled on sighting the ferocious troops advancing towards their location with heavy gunfire. The village was successfully cleared while all makeshift houses were destroyed.”