- The war against insurgency received a massive boost following the death of two top Boko Haram commanders
- Abul-Bas and Ibn Habib, leaders of the insurgents were killed in an ambush in Borno state
- The army spokesperson confirmed the deceased were members of Shekau's faction
A report by Premium Times indicates that two most wanted Boko Haram leaders were neutralized on Tuesday, February 9, in Borno state.
The commanders named Abul-Bas and Ibn Habib were said to have been killed in an encounter by troops of Operation Tura Takaibango in Pulka axis of the northern state.
Brigadier-General Mohammed Yerima, the army director of public relations, made this known in a statement released on Saturday, February 13, in Abuja.
According to Yerima, the renewed offensive operations by troops in the northeast had continued to inflict heavy casualties on Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists.
He revealed that an ambush was laid at the terrorists’ crossing point between Vuria and Guja settlements by troops of 121 and 151 Battalions.
The army spokesperson went on to note that the operation led to the death of 3 terrorists, including two top commanders of the Shekau faction operating in Sambisa forest and environs.
Three GPMG, seven AK47 rifles, a belt of ammunition containing 446 rounds of 7.62mm, one Boxer motorcycle, and one ITEL 2160 mobile phone among others were recovered by soldiers.
Boko Haram suffers heavy casualty
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the ongoing war against insurgency recorded another groundbreaking boost as Nigerian troops repelled an attack by Boko Haram in Askira Uba town in Borno state.
Troops of 28 Task Force Brigade in Chibok local government inflicted heavy casualties against 31 insurgents on Wednesday, February 10.
Nine gun trucks out of the eleven used by the insurgents were also destroyed by troops.
In a related development, the Nigerian Army denied a media report that 20 soldiers in the northeast theatre of Operation Lafiya Dole were killed by Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists.
The report of soldiers was described as false, fake, and baseless aimed at discouraging the public and demoralising troops in its ongoing effort in the fight against insurgency.
The clarification was made by the Army spokesperson in a statement on Thursday, February 11, in Abuja.
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