Troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE currently on operation DEEP PUNCH II which is aimed at clearance of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists within Sambisa forest and Lake Chad basin general area have continued to record successes.
The troops have been launching offensive operations on suspected hideouts of the terrorists that kept the insurgents on the run.
A statement from the Deputy Director Public Relations, Theatre Command operation LAFIYA DOLE, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu said on “February 22, 2018, suspected Boko Harm terrorists attempting to escape through one of the blocking positions of the troops, paid dearly as quite a number of them were neutralised”.
“In an ambush that lasted for less than 20 minutes near Sabil Huda, the troops recovered a G3 Rifle magazine, one Life jacket, a Light Machine Gun metal link, four rounds of anti-Aircraft ammunition, four rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition and three rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition. Unfortunately, two soldiers were injured in the process. They have since been evacuated by the Nigerian Air Force and are responding to treatment”.
Colonel Nwachukwu further stated that “buoyed with the success and information obtained, the troops on Friday, February 23, 2018, embarked on offensive operations on suspected Boko Haram terrorists’ hideout ahead of Camp Zairo within Sambisa forest.
Unfortunately, however, they encountered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that affected one of their Armoured Fighting Vehicle”.
He stressed that undeterred, they continued with the offensive action in which they cleared suspected Boko Haram terrorists’ hideout around Parisu.
Colonel Nwachukwu noted that they also neutralised five Boko Haram terrorists and wounded several others.
“The troops recovered a 122 millimetre gun mounted on a truck that also has an Anti-aircraft gun on it, one Rocket Propelled Grenade, one Grenade Revolver, seven Mortar Bombs and other assorted weapons. While advancing, the troops also encountered and recovered two Toyota Hilux vehicles, three Power generating sets, two Motorcycles, additional Mortar bombs, Gas cylinders and the Boko Haram terrorists Metal fabrication factory replete with varying machines for welding and making IEDs”, he said.
While on the offensive in other parts, the troops of 151 Battalion in conjunction with seven Division Support Group also embarked on clearance offensive against Boko Haram terrorists’ hideouts around Frigi crossing point and Izza general area.
The gallant troops discovered and destroyed nine Boko Haram terrorists’ hideouts.
Although the number of Boko Haram terrorists neutralised could not be ascertained, it is believed to be quite sizeable, while one of their leaders was captured. The troops rescued an old man and three elderly women in one of the hideouts.
“The troops also recovered one Motorcycle with 10 Bicycle tyres, a bicycle, three Boko Haram flags, one Solar panel, five drums of Guinea corn, two medium size mattresses, two Grinding machines, three bags of metal scraps, two Motorcycle tyres and two underground food Storages. They also recovered one AK-47 Rifle Magazine, one dummy Rifle, a round of 12.7mm ammunition, 12 empty cases of 7.62mm ammunition, two bicycles, large quantity of IED making materials and a tool box”.
The Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE provided air cover for the Land troops throughout the conduct of the operations.