- Six days after the Nigerian Army launched Operation Python Dance, troops in Yobe and Borno have neutralised at least 100 insurgents
- The revelation was made by the Army spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman, on Monday, January 7
- Usman further revealed that various arms and ammunition were recovered by troops in both states
Nigerian military troops have neutralised over 100 Boko Haram terrorists in recent various clearance operations in Yobe and Borno, the army said in a statement on Monday, January 7.
Brigadier General Sani Usman, the spokesman of the Army said the terrorists were killed at Goniri in Yobe, Damasak, Kross Kauwa and Monguno, among other locations in Borno, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
According to him, various caliber of arms and ammunition were recovered from them. Usman said the Nigerian Air Force Air Task Force component of Operation Lafiya Dole had been giving close air support to ground troops and also facilitates the pursuit of fleeing terrorists.
He said: “Significantly, the air task force have destroyed several Boko Haram terrorists gun trucks and facilities. The gallant troops have also been repelling attempted efforts by the terrorists to infiltrate their locations.”
He said buoyed by the presence of the chief of Army staff and motivation, the troops were renewed in fighting spirit and had stopped terrorists’ incursions.
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“The battle has now further shifted to the fringes of Lake Chad and other suspected Boko Haram terrorists enclave along the borders,” Usman said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Chief of Army Staff (CoAS), General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, had flagged off the third phase of the ‘Exercise Egwu Eke’, better known as ‘Exercise Python Dance’ for the south eastern part of Nigeria with a plan to begin operation on January 1, 2019.
Buratai, who spoke on Friday, December 28, to herald the operation, promised that the Nigerian Army would continue to conduct internal security operations in the country to help tackle issues with criminality.
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