The Nigerian Army has been battling Boko Haram insurgent for over seven years with successes and failures recorded.

The latest record was a success, as the Nigerian Army says Boko Haram’s tactical ground, known as Camp Zero, has been destroyed by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole.

The troops recovered a battle tank, guns, ammunitions, religious scriptures, gas cylinders and assorted fertilisers, ostensibly for making Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

Operation Lafiya Dole under the operation DEEP PUNCH II recovered an Eagle Main Battle Tank (EMBT) and a Vickers BL (VBL) captured by Boko Haram last year in Gwoza, Borno State.

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The spokesman for the Army, Brigadier General Sani Usman said the troops also destroyed seven gun trucks, several vehicles, motorcycles and makeshift shelters used by the insurgents.

"Troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE have been making tremendous progress in the ongoing clearance operations: Operation DEEP PUNCH II.

"On 30th January, 2018, the advancing troops had contact with Boko Haram terrorists and engaged them.

“During the encounter, they were able to recover an Eagle Main Battle Tank (EMBT), 1 VBL, 1 AK-47 Rifle, a Police Teargas Rifle, religious books, several gas cylinder and bags of fertiliser.

"Other items destroyed by the gallant troops included seven Gun trucks, four trucks, four Hilux vans, one Prado Jeep, one Golf car, one Mitsubishi pick up, a bus, several motorcycles, makeshift shelters, tents and household items.”

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This is no doubt a big success for the military, and it is hoped the momentum is sustained.

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