•Boko Haram top fighter surrenders
The Nigerian troops of Army Super Camp 11 Gambouru under Sector 1 of Operation Lafiya Dole, have rescued 241 hostages abducted by the Boko Haram terrorists and killed 14 of their fighters in the country’s Northeast region.
This was disclosed in statement on Friday, by the Coordinator of Defence Media Operations (DMO), Maj-Gen. John Enenche, saying that a clash took place between the Army and Boko Haram in Mudu town Gamboru region of Borno State on May 24.
Enenche said that following the clash, the army rescued 136 children and 105 women in an operation against the terror group, and 14 Boko Haram members were neutralized during the operation, while a top terrorist kingpin surrendered.
He also stated that a remarkable amount of ammunition was also seized while stressing that the army suffered no losses or injuries during the operation.
He said: “Troops also rescued 241 persons in captivity of the terrorists comprising 105 Women and 136 Children. Items recovered include: 4 BHT flags, 1 motorcycle, 2 bicycles, 1 amplifier and 2 sewing machines. The rescued persons have been safely evacuated from the village and are currently under medical observation, while the village has been cleared. There was no loss of life or equipment from own troops.
“In the same vein, troops of 151 Battalion on 26 May 2020 successfully killed several Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) including several suicide bombers, while numerous others fled with gun shot wounds. The gallant troops succesfully engaged the criminal Boko Haram elements who were mounted on 10 Gun Trucks and attempted to simultaneously attack the troops’ locations at Banki Junction and Firgi in Bama LGA of Borno State under the cover of darkness.
“The courageous troops however overpowered the terrorists with superior firepower and captured 1 Cobra Armoured Personnel Carrier, one Dushka Anti-Aircraft Gun, 1 AK 47 Rifle and 1 FN Rifle. Other items captured by the gallant troops include 3 Hand Grenades, 2 AK 47 Rifle magazines, one FN Rifle magazine, 78 rounds of 12.7mm Anti-Aircraft ammunition, 25 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition and 25 rounds of fabricated 7.62mm ammunition from the criminals.”
“Relatedly, on 24 May 2020, a prominent Boko Haram fighter, Malam Adamu Yahaya AKA Saad Karami, who led the last attack on troops in Baga town and equally participated in attacks on Metele, Mairari, Bindiram, Kangarwa and Shetimari (Niger Republic) voluntarily surrendered to troops of 242 Battalion in Monguno. This was as a result of the aggressive posture of the troops and artillery bombardments of terrorists’ suspected locations around the general area,” he added.
Enenched, expressed the wishes of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, who congratulated the troops for their professionalism and good conduct.
He equally extended the commendation of the High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to the troops and encouraged them to sustain the momentum of their operations towards eradicating the terrorists from the North East.