At least six members of Boko Haram Terrorists and their ISWAP counterparts, have been confirmed killed at Dikwa axis, Borno State, following an attack by operatives of the 81Task Force Battalion in conjunction with Civilian Joint Task Force and Vigilante groups on Monday night.
According to the Director Army Public Relations, Brig. -Gen. Mohammed Yerima, said troops who were on patrol came in contact with terrorists mounted on motor cycles and a gun truck.
He said the troops swiftly engaged the terrorists in a fierce firefight, killing six of them and recovered several weapons, ammunitions and sundry items.
The Army spokesperson said “ In an aggressive fighting patrol and concealed picketing conducted by troops in continuation of the ongoing subsidiary Operation in the Theatre of Operation LAFIYA DOLE code-named Operation “TURA TAKAIBANGO”, troops took out scores of Boko Haram fighters along Dikwa – Ajiri axis in Dikwa Local Government area of the Borno State.
“ Items captured in the encounter includes one PKM, 2 AK 47 rifles, one FN rifle, three FN rifle magazines, two AK 47 rifle magazines, 36 rounds of 7.62mm NATO,19 rounds of 7.62mm special and 67 PKM linked rounds. Others include two motor cycles, one magazine pouch, two mobile handsets and a tube of adhesive solution.”
Similarly, troops of Bravo Company while on similar routine perimeter patrol, recovered a mobile handset phone suspected to have been abandoned by the fleeing members of the terrorists who came under troops heavy fire during the attempt to infiltrate the camp on March 14.
“ The handset has been handed over to 7 Military Intelligence Brigade for scrutiny. In line with the directive of Chief of Army Staff, Lt. -Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, troops will remain resolute and determined to ensure that the general area is completely cleared and protected while aggressively dominating every route where terrorists are suspected to move around in order to smoke them out, ” Yerima added.