The Defence Headquarters said 16 Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) and Islamic State in West Africa or the Islamic State’s West Africa Province, ISWAP elements were killed between 10th and 17th September, 2020.
Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche, disclosed this while briefing journalists on Friday.
He said troops of “OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE” on 10 September 2020, in conjunction with Civilian JTF on fighting patrol, engaged BHT/ISWAP elements at Kassa Kura in Maiduguri Town and 2 terrorists were neutralized.
Enenche said that on the same day, troops successfully repelled 2 different terrorists’ attacks at Ngala and Baga towns and recovered various categories of arms and ammunition while 2 BHT/ISWAP fighters were killed in contact.
Meanwhile, at Ngurosoye Village of Bama Local Government Area and Dalori Gari in Maiduguri Town of Borno State, troops reportedly conducted ambush operations, which led to the neutralization of 3 BHT/ISWAP elements and recovery of large cache of arms and ammunition.
Enenche said on 11 September, 2020, troops on patrols at various locations in Borno State encountered ambushes and attacks by BHT/ISWAP fighters.
He said the troops with superior firepower overwhelmed the terrorists and repelled them, adding that the operations led to the neutralization of 5 terrorists as others fled with various degrees of gunshot wounds.
Enenche said in another development, troops in conjunction with local vigilantes on 14 September 2020, conducted cordon- and-search operations at Gashua Local Government Area of Yobe State.
He said the operation led to the neutralization of 4 BHT /ISWAP fighters while 7 of them were arrested.
He said 3 others were arrested on 13 September, 2020 at the College of Agriculture in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State.
He noted that the wife and son of one of BHT’s high profile members, Abdulrahman Abdullahi, had earlier been arrested by troops in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State on 7 September 2020.
He said from the records of these operations, the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security operatives were resolute in their determination to end the insurgency and achieve sustainable peace in the North East zone of the Country.