- Soldiers on Operation Lafiya Dole engaged some terrorists in a gunfight in the Sambisa region
- One of the terrorists was killed while their vehicle was destroyed
- Troops also safely detonated IEDs buried by the terrorists along the road
The fight against insurgency continues to heat up as gallant troops engaged in a gunfight with Boko Haram terrorists leading to the destruction of a gun truck and the death of one of the insurgents.
In a statement by Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu who is the deputy director of public relation of Operation Lafiya Dole on Friday, April 20, he said troops encountered the terrorists as they were fleeing.
One of the terrorists was killed while a gun truck belonging to them was also destroyed.
In another operation, troops discovered IEDs buried by terrorists along the road meant to cause harm on soldiers and civilians. The troops were able to detonate the IEDs safely.
Read statement below:
Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in a blocking operation to canalize and deny Boko Haram insurgents freedom of action and escape from ongoing onslaught in the Sambisa region have killed one Boko Haram insurgent yesterday Thursday 19 April 2018 at the Ngala bridge in Gamboru Ngala area of Borno state.
Troops killed the insurgent and wounded several others at about 6.30 pm in an encounter , with elements of the insurgent group who were fleeing in two Gun trucks through Ngala road. The gallant troops engaged the insurgents, destroying one of the Gun trucks and recovering an Anti Aircraft Gun , 2 AK 47 rifles and 2 Magazines abandoned by the fleeing insurgents under the superior fire power of the troops.
In another operation, troops on patrol along Jebra - Firgi road at about 1. 30 pm yesterday averted a devastating plot by Boko Haram terrorists to attack troops and other unsuspecting road users with multiple Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) concealed under foliage along the road.
The troops uncovered three primed IEDs concealed under shrubs along the road shoulder and connected to a long detonating cable dragged into the bush towards the Sambisa axis. The IEDs have been safely detonated by Operation Lafiya Dole Explosive Ordnance Disposal team.
Vigilant troops have also arrested one Madaki Tumba aka Kalifa, a suspected Boko Haram terrorist at a location ahead of Limankara .The suspect was nabbed yesterday at about 6.14 pm by troops on patrol while in possession of one M16 rifle and a magazine loaded with 2 rounds of 5.56mm ammunition. He is currently undergoing preliminary investigation.
The ongoing operations against Boko Haram terrorists, conducted by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole simultaneously in the Sambisa region and the Lake Chad Islands is undoubtedly strangulating the insurgent group, hence its resort to attacking soft targets with suicide bombers and other forms of IEDs in a desperate bid to remain relevant.
Members of the public are therefore please urged to be cautious and vigilant as they go about their daily activities in their communities and business places. They are also enjoined to promptly report any suspicious persons or activities to security agencies.
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