Troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE (OPLD) have killed 21 suspected Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) Terrorists in Geidam, the Headquarters of Geidam Local Government Area (LGA) of Yobe State.
It was gathered that the terrorist had reportedly attacked the strategic border town on April 23, destroying three communications masts and looting some shops in the process.
According to a statement by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, following the attack, troops stationed at the town supported by the Air Component of OPLD mounted a hot pursuit and closed up with the terrorists killing 21 of them in the process.
He stated that the troops successfully recovered a gun truck with an anti aircraft gun mounted on it, eight AK 47 rifles with 10 magazines as well as two Rocket Propelled Grenade Bombs and five chargers.
“Other items recovered are; over 1,000 rounds of different calibres of ammunition, one Commando Mortar Tube, 3 IED blasting devices, tool boxes, communication radios and cell phones among several other items of value. The troops are still combing the area for possible discoveries as most of the terrorists escaped with various degrees of injuries from the resultant encounter.
“The only setbacks on the side of the troops were the injuries sustained by three soldiers who are in stable conditions and receiving medical attention in a military facility. The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru has congratulated the Theatre Commander and troops of OPLD including the Air Component for this great achievement.
“The COAS restated the commitment of the Nigerian Army under his leadership to ending terrorism and all violent crimes in the North East and other parts of the country. He further enjoined the troops to sustain the ongoing offensive under Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO until this noble goal is attained,” Yerima said.