By Augustine Osayande
Nigerian troops of Sector 2 from Operation LAFIYA DOLE on Saturday killed 105 Boko Haram/ISWAP Terrorists during an encounter at Buni Gari in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State.
According to the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, the Commander Sector 2 OPLD, Brig Gen Lawrence Araba, disclosed this while briefing the Chief of Army Staff and his entourage on Sunday.
He said Brig Gen Araba informed the COAS that the recent success was as a result of intelligence report which revealed plan by Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists to attack the village.
“Based on intelligence received about the plan by the terrorists to attack Buni Gari, our troops swiftly intercepted and engaged the criminals in fierce battle that led to the killing of 105 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists as well as the capture of several arms and ammunition from the criminals
“Initial situation report reported that 10 terrorists were neutralized. However, following exploitation by our troops, a total of 105 Boko Haram/ISWAP Criminals are comfirmed to have met their waterloo as a result of the encounter and some of the pictures are here for you to see Sir” the Army spokesman quoted the Gen. Araba
He said the Commander further disclosed that 5 AK-47 Rifles, 3 GPMG, 1 Duska Anti-Aircraft Gun, 1 PKT Gun and 2 handheld radios were captured from the terrorists, while 1 terrorists’ gun truck was also destroyed.
Musa said the Commander added that several ammunition and ammunition links, 2 hand grenades, 2 magazines with ammunition and assorted hard drugs were captured. He said all the seized arms and ammunition as well as the other items were inspected by the Chief of Army Staff.
According to him, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai while assuring the troops of necessary support, charges them to upscale the momentum to ensure the defeat of terrorism very soon.
Musa further stated that the COAS applauded the troops for their gallantry and resilience that led to the killing of the 105 terrorists
He said the COAS gave the commendation when he visited the injured troops at the Field Ambulance Logistics Base 3 Damaturu and Special Forces’ School in Buni Yadi on Sunday.
According the Army spokesman, the visit was sequel to the successes recorded by the troops in neutralising 105 Boko Haram and ISWAP Criminals that attempted to infiltrate/attack Buni Gari Village in Yobe State.
He said Gen Buratai visited two officers that were wounded in action during the Buni Gari encounter and other soldiers already on admission at the medical facility in Damaturu before proceeding to the Special Forces’ School in Buni Yadi where he and his entourage were briefed on the incident by the Commander, Sector 2 OPLD,