* 2 soldiers killed, 4 others wounded
By Augustine Osayande PhD
Nigerian troops of 25 Task Force Brigade, in conjunction with elements of Sector 2 Special Forces from Operation LAFIYA DOLE under the subsidiary operation, Operation KANTANA JIMLAN, have killed 17 Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West African Province fighters during a clearance operations along Damboa -Maiduguri road in Borno State
Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, in a statement on Wednesday, said the troops made contact with a Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals’ ambush team along their axis of advance.
He said the valiant troops out flanked and engaged the criminals with overwhelming volume of fire power forcing them to withdraw in disarray.
Enenche added that 17 Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals were neutralized as several others were believed to have narrowly escaped with varying degrees of gun shot wounds while a cache of arms and ammunition were equally captured by the gallant troops.
He however regretted that 2 valiant soldiers paid the supreme price, while 4 others were wounded in action.
The Coordinator Defence Media Operations said the wounded in action soldiers had been evacuated to a military medical facility and currently responding positively to treatment.
He said the theatre Commander of Operation LAFIYA DOLE had been directed to immediately deploy a Special Forces Battalion in reinforcement and domination of Damboa – Bulabulin – Maiduguri axis to completely deny the terrorists any chance of escape during the final assault against the criminals.
Enenche urged members of the public particularly residents of the area to remain calm, law abiding and continue with their routine activities as all necessary measures had been put in by the theatre Command to ensure all routes were safe for commuting without fear of attack by the criminals.
He said the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai commended the troops for their resilience and patriotism in crushing the remnants of Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals and urged them to maintain the tempo against the criminals as they approached the end of insurgency in the country.