Troops neutralise more Boko Haram, ISWAP terrorists, rescue women, children



Nigerian Army it has neutralised a number of Haram/Islamic State of Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in different encounters in parts of Borno and rescued 12 women and four children their hideouts.
Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliysu, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
Iliyasu disclosed that terrorists fell to superior fire power of troops of Operation in an encounter at Mafa Local Government Area of the state on Dec. 1.
He said that after the encounter which lasted for about 40 minutes, the terrorists suffered heavy casualties in both men and equipment.
According to him, the dogged troops of the Unit embarked on a hot pursuit of the scampering insurgents and exploited their withdrawal route.
“During the exploitation, troops recovered three Haram bodies of which two of them were strapped with suicide vests.
“Additionally, one Haram criminals’ Gun Truck, one motorcycle, one Anti-Aircraft Gun, one PKT Gun, one Rocket Propelled Gun Tube were by the troops.
“Other items that were equally by the troops include two Rocket Propelled Gun bombs, two AK 47 Rifles, 25 Rounds of Anti-Aircraft Gun, 723 Rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, 51 Rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition and 52 Rounds of 7.62X54mmR (PKT) ammunition.
“Other recovered items are, surgical kits, Boko Haram terrorists uniforms and warm clothing were also by the gallant troops,” he said.
Iliyasu also disclosed that two female suicide bombers attempted to infiltrate the Defence Company of 26 Task Force Brigade Garrison location at Gwoza in another encounter on the same date.
He said that the soldiers deployed on sentry duty identified the criminal intruders and neutralized them before they could detonate their suicide vests.
Iliyasu said that the Chief of Army , Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, had commended the troops for their display of patriotism, professionalism and responsiveness.
“He, however admonishes them to remain resilient and to be steadfast in the fight against criminal elements across the nation,” he said. (NAN)