The Nigerian Army has shot dead scores of Boko Haram terrorists in an operation carried out on Saturday by Task Force Brigade of Sector 1 operation Lafiya Dole in Askira Uba in Borno State.
Deputy Director Army Public Relations 7 Division Maiduguri, Colonel Ado Isa made this known in a statement, explaining that the terrorists were suspected to have come from Sambisa Forest, mounted on over 15 gun trucks and approached the town from different directions simultaneously.
The statement added that the Nigerian military troops responded and engaged the criminals with superior fire power and consequently, the terrorists suffered huge losses both in men, materials and equipment.
The Deputy Director Army Public Relations affirmed that, the troops captured 4 gun trucks from the criminals while some additional gun trucks were also destroyed by the Air Task Force that responded swiftly.
‘On the 12th of December 2020, gallant troops of 28 Task Force Brigade of Sector 1 Operation LAFIYA DOLE inflicted heavy casualties on Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) that attempted to attack Askira Uba in Borno State’,he said.
‘The terrorists were suspected to have come from Sambisa Forest, mounted on over 15 gun trucks and approached the town from different directions simultaneously. Troops responded and engaged the criminals with superior fire power’,Isa added.
‘Consequently, the terrorists suffered huge losses both in men, materials and equipment. Specifically, the troops captured 4 gun trucks from the criminals while some additional gun trucks were also destroyed by the Air Task Force that responded swiftly’, the statement reads.
‘Scores of the terrorists were killed and over 20 terrorists dead bodies were counted. Additionally, 3 boxer motorcycles, 3 Anti Aircraft Guns, 2 PKT Machine Guns, 10 AK 47 Rifles and 13 Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Bombs as well as large cache of ammunition and other weapons were captured from the terrorists among others’, he added.
The statement said one of the Nigerian soldiers lost his life, while two others sustained injuries during the encounter, explaining that the injured as at the time of filing this reports were responding to treatment
‘Unfortunately, one soldier paid the supreme sacrifice and two others were wounded during the encounter and are stable/responding to treatment. May God grant repose to the soul of the dead soldier and quick recovery to the two Wounded in Action Soldiers’, the statement stated.
Isa expressed optimism that, the troops operation will continue to sustain the aggressive, offensive posture to rid the entire North East of remnants of Boko Haram/ISWAP criminals, rapists and marauders
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