BEVERLY HILLS, March 15, (THEWILL) – The Nigerian Army has reported that troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have eliminated scores of terrorists allied with Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in Borno.
The troops, however, lost three soldiers and one officer in the encounters.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.
Yerima said the encounters, which took place around the fringes of the Tumbus of Lake Chad region on Saturday, also led to the destruction of terrorists’ gun trucks and recovery of large cache of arms and ammunition.
He said that the combined troops of Sector 2 advanced and cleared Daban Massara and Ali Sherifti villages among other settlements.
About 14 kilometres to their base, they sighted terrorists’ gun trucks and swiftly commenced pursuit with heavy fire and deft manoeuvre
“In the course of the hot pursuit which was aided by air cover provided by the Air Task Team of Operation Lafiya Dole, several terrorists were neutralised and their gun trucks destroyed.
“Unfortunately however, one officer and three gallant soldiers paid the supreme sacrifices while those wounded in action are currently receiving medical attention at 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital in Maimalari Cantonment.”