By Victor Akaa, Abuja.
The Directorate of Army Public Relations, says troops of 82 Division Task Force Battalion had neutralised several terrorists and recovered cache of firearms while on patrol along Ngoshe – Ashigashiya in Borno state.
Troops also recovered trucks of Petroleum Motor Spirits (PMS) during the encounter.
Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu disclosed this in a statement relayed to Enugu Reporters on Sunday.
He said troops while on patrol along Ngoshe – Ashigashiya ,about 12km from the unit’s location had made contact with some elements of Boko Haram Terrorists at Daushe .
“The troops, who fiercely engaged and sustained heavy gun fire on the terrorists during the encounter neutralised five terrorists, compelling the terrorists group to retreat in disarray into Mandara Mountains with several gun shot wounds.
“On further exploitation after the gun battle, the gallant troops recovered one AK 47 Rifle, one Magazine containing 13 rounds of fabricated 7.62mm (Special), a bandolier of 44 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) and a bag containing 52 rounds of 7.62mm (Special).” he stated.
According to him, troops of 212 Battalion in a similar operations on 1 July 2021 carried out clearance operations on marauding Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) along Gadayi – Kareto – Gubio axis, Magumeri, Tungushe villages and the general area of Kerenoa.
“During the offensive, troops recovered one AK 47 Rifle and one Baufeng communication Radio set abandoned by the fleeing BHTs.
“In a separate operation on 2 July, members of BHTs/ISWAP were intercepted, while crossing through an identified supply route along Auno – Jakana axis with trucks laden with Petroleum, Oil and Lubricant (POL) into the forest. Vigilant troops deployed at Garin Kuturu check point swiftly engaged the terrorists in a fierce battle forcing them to flee abandoning the truck and the products.
“Following the attack on the terrorists, reinforcement by troops of Sectors 1 and 2, gave the fleeing terrorists a hot pursuit with close air support from the Nigerian Air Force Component of Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK).
“During the encounter, six terrorists were neutralised, three AK 47 rifles and one rocket propelled grenade were captured, while one Gun truck was destroyed. Two other gun trucks abandoned by the terrorists were also recovered,” he stressed.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya commended the tremendous effort made by the troops and charged them to enhance regular patrols and projecting aggressive offensives to completely flush out the terrorists from their hideouts.