The sustained offensive onslaught by armed troops on Boko Haram terrorists and their ISWAP ilk by the has continued to gain traction as troops of 81Task Force Battalion in conjunction with Civilian Joint Task Force and Vigilante neutralized more terrorists in Dikwa axis, Borno State.
Army Public Relations Director, Brig-Gen Mohammed Yerima, in a statement issued today, disclosed that in an aggressive fighting patrol, and aided by concealed picketing conducted by troops in the ongoing subsidiary Operation in the Theatre of Operation Lafiya Dole code named operation “Tura Takai Bango”, on the evening of Monday, March 15, troops took out scores of Boko Haram fighters along Dikwa – Ajiri axis in Dikwa Local Government area of the state.
According to the statement, the troops on patrol came in contact with terrorists mounted on motor cycles and a gun truck. In a swift but fierce firefight, 6 of the insurgents were killed, while several weapons, ammunitions and sundry items were recovered.
Items captured in the encounter include 1 PKM, 2 AK 47 rifles, 1 FN rifle, 3 FN rifle magazines, 2 AK 47 rifle magazines, 36 rounds of 7.62mm NATO,19 rounds of 7.62mm special and 67 PKM linked rounds. Others include 2 motor cycles, 1 magazine pouch, 2 mobile handsets and a tube of adhesive solution.
Similarly, troops of Bravo Company while on a similar routine perimeter patrol on the same day, recovered a mobile handset phone suspected to have been abandoned by the fleeing members of the terrorists who came under troops’ heavy fire during the attempt to infiltrate the camp on 14 March. The handset has been handed over to 7 Military Intelligence Brigade for scrutiny.
The statement further assures that, in line with the directive of Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, troops will remain resolute and determined to ensure that the general area is completely cleared and protected, while aggressively dominating every route where terrorists are suspected to move around so as to smoke them out.