Army Says Troops Arrest 7 Terrorists, Destroy IED in Final Push against Boko Haram

By Augustine Osayande


Troop of various sectors of the Nigerian Army in Operation Lafiya Dole has arrested seven suspected members of Boko Haram terrorists as the begins final onslaught to clear remnants of the terrorists group in their respective areas of operations.

This was confirmed by Acting Director Army Public Relations Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman.

He said the patrol teams of 254 Task Force Battalion carried out clearance operation at Kubwa village, Borno State and arrested 2 suspected Boko Haram terrorists hiding among the community

“Troops of Nigerian Army in various sectors in Operation LAFIYA DOLE have been carrying out raids, patrols, cordon and search operations in a bid to clear remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in their respective areas of operations. The patrol teams of 254 Task Force Battalion carried out clearance operation at Kubwa village, Borno State in which they arrested 2 suspected Boko Haram terrorists hiding among the community” Usman said.

The Army spokesman added that another team of the same unit also conducted clearance operation at Yakshari village, off Wajiroko along Ajigin-Talala road and proceeded to Korode. He said the team recovered motorcycles, foodstuff and discovered another Improvised Explosive Device (IED) which was safely detonated at Mauvi village.

“Another patrol team of the same unit carried out clearance operation at Yakshari village, off Wajiroko along Ajigin-Talala road and proceeded to Korode. It was here also that some suspected Boko Haram elements on sighting the troops ran and abandoned 6 motorcycles and beans looted from the inhabitants of the area.

“The same team also recovered 21 motorcycles and Boko Haram terrorists flag at Korode abandoned by the fleeing terrorists. Similarly, a civilian vehicle encountered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at the area which badly affected it. The troops also discovered another IED at Mauvi village which was safely detonated” said Usman.

“Meanwhile in their efforts, troops of 7 Division Garrison, 112 Battalion, Army Headquarters Support Group and elements of Armed Forces Special Forces conducted a joint fighting patrol to suspected Boko Haram terrorists enclave in Gajibo, Maula, Gamai, Gamare, Maiwa, Warsale, Tangli, Tushi, Sowa, Hasanari, Changuwa, Malamaja and Marya towns in Mafa and Dikwa Local Governments Areas.
“In the encounter, 5 Boko Haram terrorists were killed, an AK-47 rifle, 10 motorcycles and 1 logistic truck belonging to the terrorists were recovered.

“The troops also rescued 350 people held hostages by the terrorists.
“Among those rescued were 5 girls abducted from Cameroon” Usman said.

He said the General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Brigadier General VO Ezugwu visited 26 Task force Brigade and commended troops of 121 Task Force Battalion for the successful joint clearance operations at Kirawa and Ngoshe with Cameroonian forces.

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