Insurgency: Troops eliminate 35 terrorists in Borno - DHQ

Insurgency: Troops eliminate 35 terrorists in Borno - DHQ

- About 35 terrorists have been killed by the troops

- Troops of Special Response Area Pulka with the Civilian Joint Task Force and hunters ambushed the terrorists along Pulka-Boko-Kirawa road

- The terrorists relocating from Sambisa forest to Mandara mountains

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The Defence Headquarters says the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have eliminated 35 Boko Haram/Islamic States of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in clearance operations between May 11 and 22 in Borno.

The coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, May 24, in Abuja.

Enenche said the troops dealt deadly blows on the terrorists when troops of Army Super Camp 6 and 7 conducted a long range fighting patrol on May 11 and cleared Adzunge and adjoining villages.

He also disclosed that troops of Special Response Area Pulka with the Civilian Joint Task Force and hunters ambushed the terrorists on May 13 along Pulka-Boko-Kirawa road.

The coordinator added that eight Boko Haram/ISWAP fighters were killed while 10 Motorcycles and assorted food items were captured.

According to him, troops of 192 Battalion on May 15, ambushed the terrorists relocating from Sambisa forest to Mandara mountains due to heavy air and artillery bombardments.

“Five of them were killed, 3 AK47 rifles and 17 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, one pair of BHT/ISWAP uniform, two cartridges and other clothing materials were recovered.

“Same day, troops of 22 Brigade deployed at Dikwa in conjunction with troops from Quick Response Area neutralized 2 terrorists who attempted to attack the troops location from Boboshe.

“Others fled with gunshot wounds. One AK47 rifle and one magazine with 15 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition were recovered.

“Between 19 and 20 May 2020, following Gajigana attack, troops of 7 Division Garrison, 195 and 212 Battalions with Vigilantes exploited and discovered 5 terrorists killed in action.

“Five AK47 rifles, two terrorists’ gun trucks, one anti aircraft gun, six assorted magazines, 250 rounds of 12.7 mm, 61 rounds of 7.62 mm and two hand grenades were recovered,” he said.

Enenche further disclosed that troops of Special Response Area Pulka with Civilian Joint Task Force and hunters, also ambushed the terrorists on May 20 along Pulka-Dirgi-Banki general area and killed two terrorists.

He added that others escaped with gun shot wounds while one AK 47 loaded with 30 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition was recovered.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Defence Headquarters says Boko Haram terrorists in the Sambisa Forest of Borno have been set in disarray, following massive air strikes conducted by the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) on Friday, May 15.

The coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

Enenche said the operation was executed based on credible intelligence reports as well as series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions.

He added that the reports revealed that the terrorists were importing additional fighters as well as increasing their logistics stocks preparatory to launching attacks on troops’ locations and surrounding civilian settlements.

According to him, the air taskforce dispatched an enhanced force package of attack aircraft and a surveillance platform to engage the location.

“Overhead the target area, significant activity of the terrorists was observed in different parts of the settlement.

“The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets took turns in attacking the target area, neutralising many BHTs as well as destroying their logistics facilities and other structures in successive passes, thereby further degrading their will to fight.

“The armed forces of Nigeria, operating in concert with other security agencies and stakeholders, will sustain the offensive against the enemies of our great nation.

“We shall not relent until peace and normalcy are restored not only in the Northeast but also in every other troubled region of our beloved country,” he said.

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