Nigerian, Comeroonian forces kill 20 Boko Haram militants, capture truck loaded with ammunitions
By Mohammad Ibrahim
Feb 24, Abuja:The joint operation between elements of 7 Division and Cameroonian forces along Banki-Kumshe axis, led to killing of 20 Boko Haram terrorists in north-eastern part of Nigeria.
The troops during the joint operation also capture a gun truck mounted with an Anti-Aircraft Gun (AA Gun) and 2 AK 47 rifles, as well as a 60mm mortar and a Dane gun and equally destroyed 4 AK 47 rifles.
Three soldiers sustained injuries and a vehicle damaged as a result of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
Troops also encountered about 10 other IEDs along the route of advance which were cleared. Most of the terrorists were said to have ran in disarray towards Fatake where troops on blocking position cleared them.
This was contained in a statement signed by Nigeria's Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka made available to newsmen.
According to him, along the Talala axis despite an IED in which 1 soldier was wounded and a damaged vehicle, the operation is progressing very well.
He said the Nigerian Air Force has been assisting with interdiction and surveillance in the area.
The statement reads " Troops at Kodo rescued 150 persons who were mainly children. A house with Boko Haram terrorists’ flag at Fatake caught fire with several ammunitions explosions in which 3 Boko Haram terrorists were killed in the house.
" 5 Brigade and 7 Multinational Joint Task Force were doing very well in their respective area of operations. This is made possible by the steady supply of needed logistics into the various formations and units fighting the Boko Haram terrorists.
"The Army also launched new mine clearing equipment, weapons and their ammunitions. Apart from being the first mine clearing machines in the inventory of the Nigerian Army, it is one of the best in the world," he said.
In a related development, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, has again commended the troops for their impressive performance.He made the commendation shortly after a briefing by the Deputy Theatre Commander and also the Land Component Commander, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Major General LEO Irabor and the General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Brigadier General VO Ezugwu at the Theatre Command, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Maiduguri.
The Chief of Army Staff was in Maiduguri on official visit to formations and units in the North East.He was accompanied by Chief of Training and Operations, Major General YM Abubakar and other senior officers from the Army Headquarters.
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