Troops kill 11 terrorists, recover arms, fuel in Borno

As part of the renewed efforts of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to end insurgency activities in the country, the troops of “Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK)“ attached to the Joint Task Force in the North-East have killed 11 terrorists, recovered a cache of ammunition and a truck laden with petroleum products during fierce encounters in Borno.

This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen Onyema Nwachukwu.

He explained that the troops of the 82 Task Force Battalion, who were on patrol along Ngoshe–Ashigashiya Road, about 12km from the unit’s location, had an encounter with Boko Haram terrorists at Daushe.

He added that the fierce encounter led to the killing of five terrorists, compelling the remaining terrorists to retreat in disarray into the Mandara mountains with several gunshot wounds.

According to him, during 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).

The army spokesperson also disclosed that troops of the 212 Battalion had on July 1 launched an offensive against some terrorists along the Gadayi-Kareto-Gubio axis, Magumeri, Tungushe villages and areas around Kerenoa.

He said that the troops recovered one AK 47 Rifle and one Baufeng communication radio set abandoned by the fleeing terrorists.

The Army Spokesperson further said that the troops had on July 2 intercepted terrorists belonging to Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West African Province while they were crossing through an identified supply route along the Auno – Jakana axis with a truck laden with petroleum products.

According to him, vigilant troops deployed at the Garin Kuturu checkpoint swiftly engaged the terrorists in a fierce battle forcing them to flee abandoning the truck and the petroleum 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 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.”

According to Nwachukwu, the Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen Faruk Yahaya, had commended the tremendous efforts made by the land troops and the air component of OPHK and charged them to deny the terrorists freedom of action by conducting regular patrols and projecting aggressive offensives to completely flush out the terrorists from their hideouts.

He further called on the members of the public to collaborate with the military and other security agencies in the fight against the Nation’s enemies.

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