By Augustine Osayande
Troops of 242 Battalion Nigerian Army last Friday intercepted Boko Haram suicide bomb squad at Ngalle village in northern part of Borno State.
Confirming the report on Saturday, Director Army Public Rations Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman said the intercepted bomb could have been intended for troops or innocent and peace loving villagers. “Efforts of 8 Division Nigerian Army, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, to enhance troops responsiveness and domination of its Area of Responsibility paid off handsomely on Friday 27th October 2017 afternoon, as gallant soldiers of 242 Battalion intercepted Boko Haram suicide bomb squad at Ngalle village, northern Borno State. The intercepted bomb could have been intended for troops or innocent and peace loving villagers” Usman said.
The Army spokesman further stated that a terrorist who try to escape on sighting troops was shot dead, while a huge Improvised Explosive Device (IED) cylinder was recovered. “Following an attempt by the terrorists to escape on sighting troops, a terrorist was shot dead, while a huge Improvised Explosive Device (IED) cylinder was recovered. Other items recovered include an AK-47 rifle magazine, a motorcycle and some spare parts” Usman added.
Meanwhile the troops also intercepted escaping Boko Haram terrorists crossing Maiduguri-Monguno highway at Torowa village. “One of the terrorist was shot dead, while others fled into the nearby bush. The gallant troops recovered an AK-47 riffle with magazine loaded with19 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 3 mobile phones, a SIM card and jewelries” Usman said.