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Nigerian Troops Neutralise Terrorists In Borno State

Troops of 152 Task Force Battalion in conjunction with the Air Component of Operation  HADIN KAI have dealt a devastating blow on marauding   Boko Haram ( BHT)   and Islamic State  West Africa Province (ISWAP)  while attempting to infiltrate the Forward Operational Base at Bula Yobe in Borno State.

In a statement, the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu  in Abuja said “the  terrorists, who came  mounted on  Gun trucks and several motorcycles  attacked the location via an unsuspected crossing point, but were met with heavy volume of fire from the vigilant troops”. 

Nwachkwu noted that the Land troops, in their usual  dexterity  swiftly and decisively engaged the terrorists, subsequently forcing them to retreat,  having lost initiative.

According to him, the troops sustained the fire fight and successfully neutralised 12  terrorists, with several others fleeing with gun shot wounds.

 

He said “the troops gallantly captured one Gun Truck, one Self Propelled Gun-9, one Dushika  Gun and one  mounted QJC Machine Gun. Other items captured are one Light Machine Gun and five AK 47 Rifle”. 

Sadly he added that during the encounter two soldiers paid the supreme sacrifice, while five others sustained varying degrees  of injury and have been evacuated by the Air component of OPHK to a medical facility, where they are currently receiving medical attention.

He noted that the general area within FOB Bula Yobe is cool and calm under the control of  troops of the battalion. Further exploitation by the resilient troops is ongoing .

According to him, the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Faruk Yahaya has lauded the Land troops and the Air Component for their synergy and quick response, which is in tandem with the ongoing rejigging of the counter terrorism counter insurgency operations in the North East.

He charged the troops to maintain the tempo and vehemently hold their ground, to deny the terrorists  freedom of action.

 

Source: Voice of Nigeria