The Nigerian Army of Operation Lafiya Dole serving in the North East undertook more clearance action against Boko Haram terrorists, there many of the terrorists where killed and weapons recovered.
Some of the terrorists were taken into custody.
A statement from Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, Army’s Operations Media Coordinator, said
“on 25 February 2020, troops of 144 Battalion deployed in Madagali LGA of Adamawa State prevailed against and indeed decimates some Boko Haram criminals who attempted to infiltrate a defensive location occupied by the troops.
“In the aftermath of the encounter, the troops neutralised 3 of the maraudering criminals while many others are believed to have escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds.”
The troops of Strong Response Area Ngoshe in Gwoza LGA of Borno State on 25 February 2020 also “cleared Gava – Chinene Road and the surrounding Villages where they made contact with a pocket of Boko Haram” terrorists.
It noted that the terrorists “fled in disarray abandoning a woman and her daughter who were hitherto held captives by them.
“Preliminary investigation reveals that the rescued captives have been in the Boko Haram captivity for 2 years. Rescued captives were handed over to Internally Displaced Persons’ Camp officials for further management.
“Equally, on 27 February 2020, while acting on credible information from the locals, troops of 271 Tank Battalion deployed at Kopa Village in Madagali LGA of Adamawa State mobilized to Maikadiri Village where it was reported that some Boko Haram criminals had abducted 3 women.
“The troops pursued the fleeing insurgents and established contact thus forcing them to abandon their victims and escape in disarray. Thereafter, the 3 victims were successfully rescued unhurt and reunited with their families,” the statement said.
“The combined troops of 19 Brigade, 127 Battalion, 130 Battalion, 707 Special Forces Battalion, 101 Battalion, Army Headquarters Strike Group, 375 Artillery Regiment and elements of Headquarters Sector 3 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team under Operation AYISO TAMONUMA conducted a massive clearance operation to Baga and Doron Baga in Kukawa LGA of Borno State.
“During the operation, troops engaged some plundering Boko Haram criminals who evidently could not match the troops’ superior fire power but rather fled in disarray with possible gunshot wounds.
“Nevertheless, troops recovered 111 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition at the location. Furthermore, an Improvised Explosive Device planted by the criminals along Mile 4 – Baga – Doron Baga Road was discovered and safely detonated by their Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team while troops also cleared Baga Town, Fish Dam and Doron Baga general area of any Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals’ presence.”
The Army during the clearance operation, rescued a septuagenarian and a mentally ill woman along their axis of advance.
“Troops also recovered one burnt G3 Rifle, 4 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition, one cutlass, some pairs of military and Boko Haram criminals’ uniforms, one pair of desert boot, and 2 pairs of black military boots.
“Other items recovered include: one mobile phone, one bandolier, one water bladder, 2 damaged camp beds, 269 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition, 2 Rocket Propelled Gun bombs, one 122mm Unexploded Ordnance, 3 Pressure Plates (vehicle borne Improvised Explosive Device) and a Boko Haram criminals’ flag.”
The troop in another operation recovered 3 Boko Haram criminals’ dead bodies, 2 AK 47 Rifles, 2 AK 47 Rifle magazines loaded with 10 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, 310 rounds of 7.62mm (PKT) ammunition, 173 rounds of 7.62mm (linked) NATO, 4 tails of exploded 60mm Mortar bombs, one Techno phone and 2 camel bags.
“Troops also observed blood stains, scattered human brains as well as signs that indicated dragging of several killed Boko Haram criminals’ bodies.”
The statement noted that, “2 soldiers were wounded in action during the encounter. The wounded soldiers were evacuated to a military medical facility and are positively responding to treatment.”