The combined troops of Sector 1 Operation LAFIYA DOLE and 402 Special Forces Brigade have continued to clear all villages and enclaves hitherto inhabited by the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) and their Islamic State West Africa Province ISWAP counterparts around Chikun Gudu, Kerenoa axis and environs in the ongoing Phase II of Operation Tura Takaibango.
According to a press statement released by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Yerima, the clearance onslaught was in furtherance to the directives given by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, when he visited the Theatre of Operation Lafiya Dole.
TheFact Nigeria reports that during his operational visit to Dikwa, the COAS issued directives to troops to advance and recapture Marte and thereafter project further to clear other adjoining villages which include Chikun Gudu, Kerenoa and environs.
Following the directive, the gallant troops moved in, achieved the objective and projected ahead. In the course of the clearance operation, troops encountered heavy fleets of the terrorists, engaged and ultimately obliterated them.
In the encounter, no less than 25 members of the terrorist group were neutralized while 2 Browny Machine Gun, 20 AK 47 Rifles, 5 FN Rifles, 2 60mm Motar Tube and 2 General Purpose Machine Guns, GPMGs, were captured.
Other weapons captured during the operation also include 3 Anti Air Craft Guns, 2 Automatic Grenade Launchers, 2 Gun trucks and one CJTF Hilux amongst others. Not swayed by the success project, the troops projected further to ensure no elements of the terrorists were left within the area.
The COAS has commended the gallant troops, and charged them to maintain the momentum in order to ensure that the area is completely cleared and dominated. He also instructed them not relent in their new offensive against terrorism and insurgency.