By Ibrahim Sulaiman
The Nigerian Army on Sunday said it carried out a successful clearance operation at Jarawa village, Kala Balge Local Government Area, Borno State, following information about the convergence of some elements of suspected Boko Haram terrorists along the axis.
The troops are of 3 Battalion, 22 Brigade of the Nigerian Army (Operation LAFIYA DOLE), in conjunction with some Civilian JTF carried out the operation on Sunday.
At about one kilometre to Jarawa village, the Nigerian Army said, the troops entered heavy Boko Haram terrorists’ ambush, which they successfully cleared after about some minutes of fire fight.
They followed it up in hot pursuit of the fleeing insurgents into the nearby forest, a statement by spokesman to the Nigerian Army, Sani Usman, said.
He said the troops were able to kill a large number of Boko Haram terrorists including the notorious Abu Nazir, the terrorists’ Amir in Jarawa during the operation.
Mr Usman, a brigadier-general, said they also captured several weapons including an AK-47 rifle, 1 double-barrel gun, 1 primed heavy Improvised Explosive Device, IED, and 3 motorcycles.
Additionally, they rescued 9 abducted children undergoing training at the terrorists’ training camp in the village.
The minors have been evacuated and are being given preliminary humanitarian assistance in preparation to handing them over to Kala Balge Internally Displaced Persons Camp Management Committee.