Troops kill Boko Haram terrorists, apprehend IED maker, recover arms, ammunition in Borno


Troops of 151 Battalion deployed in Special Response Area Miyanti acting on credible intelligence embarked on an aggressive fighting patrol to clear Boko Haram elements in their hideouts in the general area of Ladantar Village.

In a statement, Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, said the troops made contact with the terrorists and engaged them with an overwhelming fire power forcing the terrorists to withdraw in disarray.

He said the unrelenting troops gave a hot pursuit and inflicted heavy casualties on the fleeing terrorists.

In the aftermath of the decisive encounter, two Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists were neutralized and one terrorist Improvised Explosive Device (IED) expert was captured.

Onyeuko said one Box of Service Tools, one Gas Cylinder suspected to be for making IED were recovered.

He said troops of Army Super Camp 19 Bitta came under attack from an unconfirmed number of Boko Haram Terrorists who attempted to infiltrate the heavily fortified camp.

Onyeuko said the eagle-eyed troops who were at high alert repelled the criminals with superior fire power forcing them to withdraw in disarray as blood stains littered along their escape paths.

He further stated that on 8 November 2020, troops of 26 Task Force Brigade Garrison deployed in Gwoza observed Boko Haram criminals advancing to their location in 4-gun trucks and unconfirmed number of foot soldiers.

Onyeuko said the troops engaged the marauding criminals with heavy fire power neutralizing one suicide bomber while others flee in utmost confusion.

He said the troops of 192 Battalion deployed in Gwoza also foiled an attempted attack on their location.

After the brief encounter, the criminals escaped with gunshot wounds as traces of blood of dragged casualties were seen during exploitation.

Onyeuko said the troops captured the following; one AK 47 Rifle, one AK 47 Rifle Cover, 4 rounds of Light Machine Gun, 15 rounds of Fabricated 7.62mm, one AK 47 Rifle magazine, 2 rounds of Brownie Machine Gun, 7.62mm links and one Dane Gun were also recovered.

Others items recovered include 2 Rocket Propelled Grenade bombs and 66 rounds of PKT.

Onyeuko commended the troops of Operation FIRE BALL for their resilience, gallantry and professionalism exhibited since the beginning of the Operation.

He also encouraged not to rest on their oars but build on the successes recorded so far.

Onyeuko assured populace of the North East region of the Nigerian military’s high command determination to finally rout the remnants of BHT/ISWAP criminals from their enclaves in this zone.

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