The Nigerian Army has said that troops of Operation Lafiya Dole eliminated scores of Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists on Saturday in Borno State.
In a statement on Monday, the Director, Army Public Relations, Mohammed Yerima, said the encounters, which took place around the fringes of the Tumbus of Lake Chad region also led to the destruction of terrorists’ gun trucks and recovery of a large cache of arms and ammunition
He said the combined troops of Sector 2 advanced and cleared Daban Massara and Ali Sherifti villages among other settlements before they harbored for replenishment and retrofitting along the axis.
“The army has begun the second phase of their operations and advancing along the Kukawa – Monguno road, about 14 kilometres to their base. They sighted terrorists’ gun trucks and swiftly commenced pursuit with heavy fire and deft manoeuvre.
“In the course of the hot pursuit which was aided by air cover provided by the Air Task Team of Operation Lafiya Dole, several terrorists were neutralized and their gun trucks destroyed.
“Unfortunately, however, one officer and three gallant soldiers paid the supreme sacrifices while those wounded in action are currently receiving medical attention at 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital in Maimalari Cantonment.
“Above is an on-the-spot account of the encounter between Nigerian troops and the Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists in the Mugono area and environs.
“Members of the public are assured that the troops are on top of the situation and working assiduously to end the insurgency and terrorism in the country, in line with the directives of the Chief of Army Staff,” Yerima stated.