Army wreck havoc on Boko Haram criminals

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By Martha Obi, Abuja

The Nigerian Army  troops of 153 Task Force Battalion have dealt with Boko Haram criminal elements as they suffered a tactical boomerang when a sizeable number of them were neutralised and many others maimed.

They had mistakenly stepped on the same improvised explosive device that they earlier planted against the Nigerian Army troops.

The troops deployed at New Marte embarked on fighting patrol to Dikwa in Dikwa LGA of Borno State to hunt and destroy remnant  of  Boko Haram criminals in the general area.

Nigerian Army Operations Media Coorinator, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu reviled in another incident of tactical boomerang in the face of superior tactics and training.

The troops encountered an ambush staged against them by some remnants of the criminal Boko Haram insurgents along the patrol route at Ala Village, 7 km away from New Marte.

“The ambush was reinforced with a crudely prepared Improvised Explosive Device planted by them against the troops,” Colonel IIiyasu said.

He said in a rare display of boldness, resilience and faithful service to their fatherland, the troops, rather than getting discouraged by sudden attack on them, turned around the initial setback and dealt a devastating blow on their criminal attackers.

According to him, having so clearly asserted their superiority in the ensuing fire fight, the criminal insurgents were forced to flee in disarray.

The gallant troops then embarked on a relentless pursuit of the scampering insurgents who abandoned some of their fighting equipment in utter confusion.

Continue to dominate
At the end of the pursuit and exploitation, 2 Gun Trucks, 2 Anti-Air Craft Guns, 2,080 Rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition, 26 Rounds of 12.7 mm Armour Piercing Incendiary ammunition, 3 AK 47 Rifles, 6 Rounds of 12.7 mm (Belted), one AOJOE motorcycle, some clothes, food  stuffs and mechanical tools belonging to the criminals were captured by the troops.

Most of the Boko Haram criminal elements were believed to have escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds.

However, troops continue to dominate the area with patrols to deny the criminal insurgents freedom of action.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai commends the troops for their gallantry and equally wishes to reiterate the commitment of the Nigerian Army to accomplish its constitutional mandate professionally and responsively for a secured Nigeria.

He also thanked all well-meaning Nigerians for their unalloyed support, goodwill and understanding towards officers and men of the Nigerian Army as they tackle the myriad of security challenges confronting our dear country.

 

Lateefah Ibrahim