By Augustine Osayande PhD
Corpses of 19 Boko Haram criminals and 3 soldiers have been recovered after Nigerian troops repelled attacks by some criminal Boko Haram on troops of 25 Task Force Brigade (Army Super Camp 2) located in Damboa LGA of Borno State
Confirming the report, Nigerian Army Operations’ Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, said marauding criminals mounted on Gun Trucks and with a number of their foot soldiers attempted to infiltrate the troops’ location from three different fronts in the early hours of 4 March, 2020.
He added that the troops responded swiftly, bringing to bear superior fire power against the criminals in conjunction with the Air Task Force Operation LAFIYA DOLE.
“The encounter which lasted over an hour witnessed one of the most debilitating defeats of the Boko Haram criminals in a single encounter since the turn of the year.
“So far, 19 Boko Haram criminals’ corpses have been recovered while many more were observed escaping with various degrees of gunshot wounds by the troops who are on vigorous exploitation of their initial success along the criminals’ withdrawal route.
“Regrettably, 3 valiant soldiers paid the supreme prize while 4 others were wounded in action. However, the wounded in action soldiers have been evacuated to a military medical facility for immediate and effective management,” Iliyasu said.
The Army Operations’ Media Coordinator further stated that the gallant troops captured from the Boko Haram criminals 5 AK 47 Rifles, one General Purpose Machine Gun and one Rocket Propelled Gun tube.
He said the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, congratulated the troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE on their decisive victory against the enemies of the country.
He said the COAS urged them to remain steadfast, loyal and resolute in the discharge of their professional responsibilities and reassured the residents of Damboa and indeed the North East at large of the unflinching resolve of troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE to protecting the life and property of all law – abiding citizens.