The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) says troops of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) have neutralised several Boko Haram/Islamic States for West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists between Oct. 22 and Oct. 29.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, said this on Friday in Abuja, while giving the weekly update on military operations in the North East.
Enenche said that the land and air components of OPLD conducted several operations across the theatre during the period.
He said that the troops launched attacks on terrorists’ hideouts, repelled attacks on troops’ locations and forestalled attacks on a convoy of vehicles conveying Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
He stressed that the superior firepower of the troops resulted in the decimation of several terrorist elements, while 13 of their fighters were killed at Mallam Fatori, Ngwuri Gana and Jumacheri towns in Borno.
“Large caches of arms and ammunition as well as materials, meant to produce Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDS), and two gun-trucks were captured from the terrorists.
“Also during the period, troops successfully repelled three separate attacks by the BHT/ISWAP terrorists at Magumeri, Gajiram and Damboa in Borno.
“In the encounters, a total of 13 terrorists were killed in contact, while arms and ammunition were recovered. This is in addition to the 22 of the terrorists killed at Damboa,’’ he said.
The coordinator also said that during the period, troops successfully foiled terrorists’ attack on a convoy of vehicles conveying IDPs from Maiduguri to Baga town, killing three terrorists in the process.
He said that the air component of OPLD also scored devastating hits in multiple waves of attacks on various terrorists’ locations across the North East theatre.
He added that the air strikes executed on terrorists’ hideouts at Ngosike Village, a settlement on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest, resulted in killing of several fighters.
“Another laudable success was recorded during air strikes on Ngwuri Gana Village near Damasak in the northern part of Borno State, where terrorists assembled in preparation for attacks against nearby troops’ locations.
“Scores of terrorists were neutralised and their facilities destroyed.
“These were achieved with the help of credible intelligence reports and the Air Task Force Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance missions that revealed terrorists’ activities in the locations,’’ he said.