By Chimezie Godfrey
The troops of Operation Fire Ball under Operation Lafiya Dole have inflicted heavy casualty on Boko Haram/Islamic States for West Africa Province (ISWAP) criminal elements in the North East Zone of the country.
The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig. -Gen. Bernard Onyeuko who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, said troops killed 16 terrorists during its operations meant to rout remnants of of Boko Haram/ ISWAP in the theatre.
According to him, consequently, on 21 October 2020 troops of Special Response Area Gajiram deployed at Check Point 3 under Sector 3 decisively dealt a heavy blow on BHT/ISWAP criminal elements.
He said,”The eagle-eyed troops who were on alert noticed unusual vehicles tailing the convoy of vehicles conveying Internally Displaced Persons from Maiduguri Cosmopolitan City to Baga town in order to infiltrate own position.
“The troops canalized the criminals and inflicted heavy casualty on them.
“After the ensuing firefight 3 Boko Haram terrorists were neutralized, one gun truck, one anti aircraft gun ,one AK 47 rifle, 3 shells for making Improvised Explosive Device were captured.”
He added that further exploitation carried out by the resilient troops recovered additional 2 AK 47 Rifles. Troops have dominated the area with aggressive patrols.
Onyeuko revealed that, in a related development, troops of Army Super Camp Magumeri decimated several Boko Haram terrorists who attacked the location.
According him, after the fierce encounter 11Boko Haram terrorists were neutralized.
He said the items captured from the terrorists include: One Guntruck, One Dushka gun, 2 Guntrucks and 2 anti aircraft guns destroyed.
He stressed that the gallant troops have continued to carry out mop up operation and dominating the general with aggressive patrols and ambushes.
Onyeuko further disclosed that on 24 October 2020 the gallant troops of Army Super Camp located at Mallam Fatori routed elements of Boko Haram/ ISWAP criminal elements who attacked their location.
“After the the fierce battle 2 Boko Haram terrorist were neutralized others escaped with gunshot wounds as traces of blood of dragged casualties by the criminals were seen during exploitation.
“The troops captured the following: 3 AK 47 Rifles, One Light Machine Gun, 466 Rounds of 7.62x54mm ammunition, 24 Rounds of 7.62x51mm ammunition and One Tecno cell phone.
“The troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE are in high spirit and dominating their Area of Responsibilities with robust fighting patrols,” he said.
He commended the troops for the resilience, doggednes and commitment exhibited during the above encounters.
He encouraged them not to rest on their oars but build on the successes recorded.
Onyeuko assured the entire populace of the North East zone of the determination of the High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to finally rout out the remnants of the BHT/ISWAP criminals from their enclaves.