Troops of the Nigerian Army on clearance mission encountered some members of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) and their Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) counterparts operating along the fringes of the Lake Chad and the Tumbus.
Security Watch Africa gathered that many insurgents met their waterloo, while troops lost one officer and three soldiers after the fierce encounter with troops of Sector 3 Operation LAFIYA DOLE last Saturday.
According to the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier – General Mohammed Yerima, the combined troops of the Sector which were on clearance patrol along the fringes of the Lake Chad had advanced and cleared Daban Massara and Ali Sherifti villages among other settlements before they harbored for replenishment and retrofitting.
He said as troops commenced the second phase of their operations and advancing along the Kukawa – Monguno road, about 14 kilometers to their base, they sighted BHTs/ISWAP gun trucks and swiftly commenced pursuit with heavy fire and deft manouver.
“ In the course of the hot pursuit which was aided by air cover provided by the Air Task Team of Operation Lafia Dole, several terrorists were neutralized and their gun trucks destroyed. Unfortunately however, 1 officer and 3 gallant soldiers paid the Supreme sacrifices while those wounded in action are currently receiving medical attention at 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital in Maimalari Cantonment, ” he said.
Yerima assured members of the public that the troops are on top of the situation and working assiduously to end the insurgency and terrorism in country in line with the directives of the Chief of Army Staff.