The combined troops of Sector 3 Operation LAFIYA DOLE and Sector 2 Multinational Joint Task Force, MNJTF, of Chadian forces, have killed 13 terrorists on Thursday at Duguri Island in the extreme Northern Borno.
This is coming as the Nigerian Air Force, NAF’s Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE destroyed two terrorists’ gun trucks and killed some fighters at Borgozo area of the state.
The Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Aminu Iliyasu, disclosed the killing in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
Mr Iliyasu, a colonel, said that the terrorist of Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province, ISWAP, mounted four Gun Trucks with the intention of overrunning the troops harbour position from the rear.
He added that the troops also captured three Gun Trucks, three Anti-Aircraft Guns, 12 AK 47 Rifles, three Bandoliers of Anti-Aircraft Guns and 270 Rounds of 7.62 mm Special ammunition among other critical assets.
According to him, four members of troops were wounded during the encounter and two of the wounded soldiers have already stabilized in a nearby military medical facility while the other two are awaiting air evacuation for further medical management.
“The resilient troops, supported by the Air Task Force OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE, while marching against extreme odds posed by marshy flooded terrain to clear NJARWA and DUGURU villages made contact with the criminals who were hibernating in the area.
“The troops, having successfully cleared both villages, took up a harbour position at which remnants of the criminal ISWAP terrorists decided to cowardly attack them from their rear.
“The dogged troops immediately responded with superior firepower, outmaneuvered the criminal insurgents and handed them a well-deserved defeat in the process,” he said.
Mr Iliyasu said that the Theatre Commander of OPLD, Maj.-Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, had commended the troops on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, for their gallantry and professionalism.
“He also extended his appreciation to the Force Commander, Multi National Joint Task Force for the wonderful collaboration and support demonstrated by his troops so far.
“He further urged the troops to keep the pressure on the criminal Boko Haram elements until they are totally wiped out,” Mr Iliyasu added.
Similarly, the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Ibikunle Daramola disclosed that the NAF’s Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE destroyed two terrorists’ gun trucks and killed some fighters at Borgozo area of the state.
In a statement on Friday in Abuja, Mr Daramola explained that this was achieved when NAF Jets and a helicopter gunship were scrambled to provide close air support to ground troops as they repelled a BHT attack on the location.
“The aircraft, upon arrival overhead the target area, tracked and engaged three of the BHT gun trucks that were involved in the attack.
“The BHTs moved the vehicles under some trees, while some of the fighters alighted the vehicles and attempted to escape into the surrounding bushes.
“The attack aircraft engaged them, scoring accurate hits on two vehicles, which were seen engulfed in flames, and neutralising some of the fleeing terrorists,” he said.
Mr Daramola said the NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, would sustain its efforts to completely destroy all remnants of the terrorists in the North East.