Troops of the Operate LAFIYA DOLE in the ongoing Operation DEEP PUNCH 2 have neutralized over 50 Boko Haram terrorists.
They also destroyed and captured high calibre arms and ammunition, especially in the Lake Chad general area
This is contained in a statement by Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, Director Army Public Relations.
On Monday, troops also cleared members of the sect in Metele village, Tumbun Gini and Tumbun Ndjamena.
During the clearance operations, Boko Haram terrorists abandoned the area in disarray, leaving behind livestock, large quantity of foodstuff, motorcycle and donkeys.
The statement added that in Metele, however, the terrorists attempted to attack troops in harbour.
This was stiffly resisted with heavy casualty on Boko Haram terrorists, Troops neutralized over 57 of them, destroyed gun trunks and other equipment.
“The gallant troops also discovered terrorists’ logistics base at Tumbu Ndjamena which held stocks of fish, foodstuffs, fuel and motorcycles. All these items were promptly destroyed.
“Troops also captured 1 Anti-Aircraft Gun, 116 rounds of 12.7mm ammunition with metal links, 4 AK-47 rifles, 57 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition (Special), 2 Light Machine Guns, 2 Rocket Propelled Grenade 7 (RPG 7) Tubes, with one RPG Bomb and 2 already primed 36 Hand Grenades.
“Others recovered items include 1 Small Solar panel with a Gionee mobile phone, 1 Holy Qur’an, 6 Hadith Books, as well as 5 Gun trunks (which were destroyed).
Sadly, 4 of our troops paid the supreme price while 9 others were wounded in the action. Specifically, a Boko Haram vehicle laden with Improvised Explosive Devices rammed into an MRAP vehicle which exploded killing 3 soldiers, a Civilian JTF and wounding the other soldiers.
“The bodies of the the gallant and wounded heroes have been evacuated to 8 Division Medical Services and Hospital Monguno.”