The Defence Headquarters says the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) have eliminated nine Boko Haram/ ISWAP terrorists, while intercepting their supplies and seizing cache of arms in different encounters in Borno.
The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Benard Onyeuko, in a statement on Saturday, said the troops had continued to exhibit doggedness and tactical superiority against the remnants of the terrorists in the North East theatre.
Onyeuko said that the troops of Operation Fire Ball — a subsidiary of OPLD — had on Dec. 8, intercepted some logistics of the terrorists coming from the border towns to Sambisa Axis on the Pulka-Firgi-Banki Junction road.
He said that four of the terrorists were killed during the encounter, while two bicycles, two pushcarts, several bags of dry catfish, grains and large quantities of other food items were seized.
Onyeuko said that troops of 151 Battalion had a similar encounter with some Boko Haram terrorists on Firgi-Pulka road, killing three of them, while others fled with varying degrees of injuries.
He also disclosed that troops of 112 Battalion, with elements of Borno State Civilian Joint Task Force, conducted a robust fighting patrol to the harbour area of suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Mogoniri village on Dec. 7.
He said that the troops made contact and immediately engaged the criminals with high volume of fire, forcing the terrorists to scamper and flee in disarray.
“In the aftermath of the encounter, one Boko Haram criminal was neutralised, while one AK47 Rifle and nine rounds of 7.62mm Special Ammunition were captured from the fleeing criminals.
“In another development, troops of 21 Special Armoured Brigade conducted an aggressive fighting patrol to the general area of Gonori village towards the fringes of Sambisa Forest.
“Expectedly, troops made contact and engaged the criminals. In the ensuing gun battle, one Boko Haram criminal was neutralised, while several others are believed to have escaped with gunshot wounds.
“Items captured during the encounter include one AK47 rifle, one empty magazine and one Tecno phone,” he said.
Onyeuko commended the troops for their determination to flush out the remnants of the terrorists from their hideouts, and also encouraged them to continue to build on the successes they had recorded so far.
He also gave assurance that the military high command was determined to flush out the remnants of the terrorists from their enclaves.
“The people are also encouraged to avail the troops with credible information that will help in the execution of the operation,” he said.