Hot Pursuit: Troops hit ‘Boko Haram terrorists on the run’

By Our Correspondent

Two Boko Haram terrorists out of several others on the run were killed, while an unconfirmed number  fled with gunshot wounds as troops engaged them in hot pursuit in Borno State, Saturday.

Colonel Ado Isa, Deputy Director Army Public Relations, who disclosed this in a statement said the encounter occurred as  “the troops of  Operation Lafiya Dole, 151 Battalion at about 1921hrs on 16 February 2019 embarked on aggressive fighting patrol and also mounted an ambush along Jebbra – Firgi Banki axis of Borno State, a notable crossing point of the BHTs.

Apparently sensing troops’ movement, “The terrorists in a crafty move bypassed own troops through another route” the Nigerian Army statement said.

The terrorists’  moves “were however noticed by the ever vigilant and dogged troops who followed in a hot pursuit with fire power on target thereby inflicting heavy casualties on the runaway terrorists(as they) scampered for their lives in disarray. During the operation, troops neutralised 2 BHTs and unconfirmed number of terrorists fled with gunshot wounds”.

According to colonel Isa, items recovered included  2 motorcycles, 7 bicycles charms and other assorted drugs.

“Further exploitation of the general area was conducted at first light on 17 February 2019.
Troops returned to base in high morale” the statement said.

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