Troops of Operation Fire Ball have continued their aggressive and responsive posture with the aim of routing out the remnants of Boko Haram and Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP) criminals from all their identified enclaves in the North East.
In a statement released by the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Beard Onyeuku, the gallant troops of 27 Task Force Brigade, located in Buni Gari, Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State, on 7 and 8 November, dealt a decisive blow on some marauding Boko Haram/ISWAP criminals in a failed attempt to infiltrate the peaceful town. The troops of the Brigade who were ever on high alert fought relentlessly, forcing the terrorists to withdraw in disarray due to the troops’ superior firepower.
Nevertheless, the unrelenting troops gave a hot pursuit and inflicted heavy casualties on the fleeing insurgents.
In the aftermath of the decisive encounter, 5 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists were neutralized and the following equipments were captured: One Fabricated (VBL) Armoured Personnel Carrier, One Boko Haram Gun Truck, One NSVT Anti Aircraft Gun, One QJC Anti Aircraft Gun, One Rocket Propelled Grenade Tube, One PKT Gun, One General Purpose Machine Gun, One QJC Extra Barrel, 6 AK 47 Rifles and 311 rounds of 7.62mm Ammunition NATO (links). Further exploitation is being carried out as the resilient troops continue to dominate the area with aggressive patrols.
In a related development, on 8 November 2020, troops of 151 Task Force Battalion deployed at Special Response Area, Miyanti in Bama LGA of Borno State, while on fighting patrol made contact with a pocket of Boko Haram criminals. The gallant troops instinctively engaged the criminals with heavy volume of fire and consequently destroyed their hideout. The troops further rescued one woman and three children unharmed from the criminals. Accordingly, two bicycles and other items were recovered from the fleeing insurgents.
‘The troops of Operation Fire Ball are hereby commended for their resilience, doggednes and commitment exhibited during the above encounters. They are equally encouraged not to rest on the successes so far achieved but build on them’, the statement reads.
The statement gives assurances to the entire populace of the North East zone, of the determination of the High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to finally rout out the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists and ISWAP criminals from their enclaves.