Troops of 3 Battalion, 22 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, along with some Civilian JTF, on Friday, embarked on a fighting patrol in villages of Ngala of Borno state and cleared Boko Haram terrorists from the area.
Director, public relations in the Nigerian Army, Sani Usman Kukasheka said the operation followed confirmed information about the presence of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in some villages around Ngala.
The patrol team had a fierce encounter with the terrorists at Ndufu, which they decisively dealt with before proceeding to clear Muktu and Muzuri, as well as nearby communities within the area, Mr Kukasheka, a Brigadier General, said in a statement.
“Although some of terrorists fled to various directions on sighting the troops, the patrol team was able to neutralize 9 terrorists, destroyed their Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making factory and rescued 998 persons. Those rescued were 125 at Ndufu, 802 at Muktu and 71 persons at Muzuri. Interestingly, despite the heat of the battle, the troops also vaccinated all children under the age of 5 with Polio vaccinations.
“In addition, the troops recovered 1 AK-47 Rifle with registration number 565231515, an AK-47 Rifle Magazine, 2 Boko Haram terrorists flags, 4 Motorcycles, 2 Solar Panels, 2 already prepared IEDs, Detonating cords and other explosive making components.
“It is gratifying to note that 3 Battalion has maintained its status as one of the best fighting unit in the theatre as they did not sustain any casualty or injury during the operation,” he said.