Troops Kill 5, Capture Top Boko Haram Commander
Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in Borno State have killed five Boko Haram insurgents and captured a top commander of the group in the ongoing counter-terrorism operation in Sambisa Forest and the Lake Chad basin.
A spokesman for the Operation, in a statement in Maiduguri, Colonel Onyeama Nwachukwu, said troops also rescued three civilians, recovered vehicles and high calibre ammunition in 48 hours.
Giving a breakdown of the operation, Nwachukwu said the troops on Thursday engaged and neutralised a number of fleeing insurgents while attempting to escape the military blocking position in one of the cleared enclaves ‘Sabil-Huda’, deep in Sambisa Forest.
Some items recovered are: one G-III 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 had been evacuated by the Nigerian Air Force and are responding to treatment,” he said.
According to Nwachukwu, the troops on Friday launched an offensive targeting a terrorist’s hideout at ‘CAMP ZAIRO’, and neutralised a number of insurgents in spite of initial damage caused to their Armoured Fighting Vehicle.
Troops killed five insurgents. Several others were wounded and ammunition was also recovered at a hideout in Parisu, Sambisa Forest.
Nwachukwu disclosed that troops of 151 Battalion in conjunction with “7 Division Support Group’ had also cleared nine terrorists’ hideouts along Frigi-Izza area.
The army spokesman added that the troops also recovered one motorcycle, two bicycles, 10 bicycle tyres, one bicycle, three Boko Haram flags, a solar panel, five drums filled with grain, two mattresses, two grinding machines, three bags of metal scraps, two motorcycle tyres and two underground grain silos.