Monday, March 7, 2016 5:53 am
Nigerian troops have continued to record successes against Boko Haram terrorists, flushing them out of their hideouts, killing, arresting the terrorists and seizing their weapons of destruction.
The latest was the success at weekend by soldiers of 121 Task Force Battalion, 26 Task Force Brigade who carried out a clearance operations at Dure district.
Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman described the operation:
“During the encounter, troops met stiff resistance from the terrorists. They however overcome and cleared Dure 1, Dure 2 and Jango, Dibiye and other suspected Boko Haram terrorists hideouts within the general area of the district. Three soldiers however sustained injuries as a result of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). They were immediately evacuated for medical treatment and are in stable condition.
“During the operation, troops killed several terrorists and recovered 2 hand held Motorola radios one of which was booby-trapped, materials for Improvised Explosive making Devices and destroyed several grains storage facilities.
“Simultaneously, another combined team of units under 26 Task Force Brigade based in Gwoza same day cleared Amdaga Makaranta and Amdaga Madachi of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists. During the encounter 2 Boko Haram terrorists fighters were killed.
“According to General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Brigadier General Victor Okwudili Ezugwu, prior to the clearance operation, Dure 1 and 2 were Boko Haram strong holds in the mainland of Sambisa forest. The operation further revealed the new and desperate strategy of Boko Haram terrorists; hiding their logistics especially grains for the rainy season in dugouts and the use of hand held radios primed with Improvised Explosive Devices as booby-traps.”
Usman also reported the success of Nigerian troops on another axis of the war.
According to him, troops of 231 and 331 Battalion together with some elements of Armed Forces Special Forces of 3 Division, based on received information entered and cleared remnants of Boko Haram terrorists hiding in Doksa general area located in Biu Local Government Area.
During the clearance, the troops killed 2 Boko Haram terrorists and recovered military uniforms, 1 General Purpose Machine Gun, 1 AK-47 rifle and 2 Dane Guns. They also captured one Boko Haram terrorist alive, who gave his name as Musa Abdullahi.
The troops also encountered 2 Improvised Explosive Devices buried along their route of advance which they successfully detonated. They also recovered 2 pick up vans, 25 motorcycles, 30 bicycles and grinding machines, as well as large quantity of foodstuffs.
Usman said the troops found out that apart from burying Improvised Explosive Devices, the terrorists often contaminate sources of water in the area.