…….Recover gun truck, cache of arms
By Victor Akaa, Abuja
Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) had neutralised over 21 Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in Geidam, the Headquarters of Geidam LGA, Yobe State.
This was prior to the attack launched by the terrorists at the strategic border town of Geidam on 23 April 2021 destroying three communications masts and looting some shops in the process.
Director, Army Public Relations ,Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima in a statement relayed to Enugu Reporters, said the ground troops, stationed at the town were supported by the Air Component of OPLD mounted a hot pursuit and closed up with the terrorists killing 21 of them in the process.
“The gallant troops successfully recovered a gun truck with an anti aircraft gun mounted on it, eight AK 47 rifles with ten magazines as well as two Rocket Propelled Grenade Bombs and five chargers.
“Other items recovered are; over a thousand rounds of different calibres of ammunition, one Commando Mortar Tube, 3 IED blasting devices, tool boxes, communication radios and cell phones among several other items of value.
“The troops are still combing the area for possible discoveries as most of the terrorists escaped with various degrees of injuries from the resultant encounter.”
The statement, noted that three soldiers sustained injuries during the encounter and were receiving medical attention at a military facility.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru had congratulated the troops of OPLD including the Air Component for this great achievement and restated his commitment of ending terrorism and all violent crimes in the North East and other parts of the country