The Nigerian Army says its troops of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) have continued to neutralize more terrorists, capture gun trucks and cache of arms in several encounters across North East.
Iliyasu said that the troops had continued to sustain the ongoing counter terrorism operations, making life unbearable for the marauding remnants of the Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West African Province (ISWAP) criminals.
“Items recovered from the terrorists are; one Buffalo gun truck, one anti-aircraft gun, three machine guns, two AK47 rifles and 141 rounds of 12.7mm ammunition.
“Others are one suicide vest, one Improvised Explosive Device Box, 10 motorcycles, one pumping machine and some mechanical tools.
“The dogged troops repelled the attack and neutralised one insurgent in the process while others retreated in disarray under the cover of darkness,’’ he said.
Iliyasu further disclosed that troops of 112 Task Force Battalion deployed at Ngwom in Mafa local government also thwarted an attempt by the Boko Haram terrorists to infiltrate their defensive location.
He added that the troops neutralised one of them while many of them escaped with various degrees of gunshot wound as evident from the trails of blood discovered along the insurgents’ withdrawal route.
According to him, the troops recovered one Baofeng Hand Held Radio, one Rocket Propelled Gun bomb, 101 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition and two rounds of 60mm mortar bombs abandoned by the escaping criminals.
He said that one Buffalo gun truck, one Anti-Aircraft gun, two AK-47 rifles, two AK 47 Rifle Magazines and 60 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition were captured from the insurgents after the encounter.
According to him, one gallant soldier paid the supreme price during the encounter.
“Similarly, on the same day, troops of 3 Battalion (Main) deployed at Rann in Kala/Balge LGA of Borno State delivered a devastating blow on some Boko Haram elements.
“The insurgents attacked the troops’ location in 4 Gun Trucks alongside a number of their foot soldiers.
“The vigilant troops responded swiftly, engaging the criminals in a brief fire fight that lasted for about 20 minutes.
“At the end of the encounter, the heroic troops neutralized two of the criminal insurgents.
“Equally, the troops captured one General Purpose Machine Gun, one AK 47 Rifle, one Baofeng Hand Held Radio and 33 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition.
“It is also heart-warming to note that, seven women and nine children held hostage by the criminals were rescued while two Boko Haram flags, one motorcycle and one motorcycle engine were recovered,” he said.
Iliyasu also disclosed that the troops also arrested 11 high profile Boko Haram/ISWAP logistics suppliers within Biu local government area of the state. (NAN)