By Augustine Osayande, PhD
Nigerian troops of Army Super Camp 11 Gambouru under Sector 1 of Operation Lafiya Dole have killed 12 Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) while on clearance operation at Mudu town in Borno State.
Confirming the report, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major-General John Enenche, said the troops also rescued 241 persons in captivity of the terrorists comprising 105 Women and 136 Children.
Enenche said 4 BHT flags, 1 motorcycle, 2 bicycles, 1 amplifier and 2 sewing machines were recovered. The Coordinator Defence Media Operations said the rescued persons have been safely evacuated from the village and are currently under medical observation, while the village has been cleared. He added that there was no loss of life or equipment from own troops.
Enenche also confirmed that troops of 151 Battalion killed several Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) including several suicide bombers, while numerous others fled with gunshot wounds.
He said the troops succesfully engaged the criminal Boko Haram elements who were mounted on 10 Gun Trucks and attempted to simultaneously attack the troops’ locations at Banki Junction and Firgi in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State under the cover of darkness.
Enenche said the troops however overpowered the terrorists with superior firepower and captured 1 Cobra Armoured Personnel Carrier, one Dushka Anti-Aircraft Gun, 1 AK 47 Rifle and 1 FN Rifle.
Enenche further stated that, a prominent Boko Haram fighter, Malam Adamu Yahaya AKA Saad Karami, who led the last attack on troops in Baga town and equally participated in attacks on Metele, Mairari, Bindiram, Kangarwa and Shetimari (Niger Republic) voluntarily surrendered to troops of 242 Battalion in Monguno.
He said this was as a result of the aggressive posture of the troops and artillery bombardments of terrorists’ suspected locations around the general area.
Enenche said the Chief of Army Staff and the High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria have commended the gallant troops for their professionalism, good conduct and encouraged them to sustain the momentum of their operations towards eradicating the terrorists from the North-east.