The Nigeria Military on Tuesday said it neutralised a total of 75 Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists across the North-East within six weeks.
Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko, the acting Director of Defence Media Operations, made this known to newsmen at the Army Special Super Camp 1 in Ngamdu, near the border between Borno and Yobe states.
He said that Operation Fire Ball, a subsidiary operation under Operation Lafiya Dole, recorded the feat between September 28 and October 31 and commended them.
He, meanwhile, noted that an officer and two soldiers were killed while four other soldiers got wounded in action during the period.
The text of the briefing by Onyeuko read in part:
“Sequel to the commencement of Operation FIRE BALL, a subsidiary operation under Operation LAFIYA DOLE which is meant to clear the remnants of the Boko Haram/ Islamic State West Africa Province terrorists from their identified enclaves in the North East region, the Operation has recorded tremendous successes within the short period from its existence with the last week of the preceding month proving to be the deadliest against the criminals.
“The troops in the various Sectors of the Theatre have continued to carry out their tasks relentlessly.
“The successes so far achieved wouldn’t have been possible without the sacrifice, commitment, and gallantry exhibited by the well-motivated troops, some of whom have paid the supreme sacrifice.
“Within this period, the troops have carried out aggressive clearance operations, ambushes, robust day and night patrols, in order to finally decimate the remnants of the Boko Haram/ISWAP criminals.
“Consequently, as a result of the aggressive offensive action carried out by the troops, several terrorist elements have been neutralised as a large number of their equipment were captured while some were equally destroyed in the process.
“In this regard, a total of 75 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists were neutralised within this period.
“In terms of the criminals’ equipment, four x Gun Trucks, one x Bedford Truck, three x Anti-Aircraft guns, were destroyed.
“The captured weapons include: six x Gun Trucks, four x Anti-Aircraft guns, one x PKT gun, four x General Purpose Machine Guns, one x Automatic Grenade Launcher, one x Dushka Gun, one x Light Machine Gun, 48 x AK 47 Rifles, one x Locally made Pistol and 10 x AK 47 magazines.
“Furthermore, a large cache of ammunition was captured also.
“These include: one x 36 Hand Grenade, 567 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, 448 rounds of 12.7mm ammunition, 50 x Rocket Propelled Grenade Bombs, 17 locally manufactured rounds, three shells for making Improvised Explosive Device, one x Smoke Grenade, and two x belts of PKT rounds.
“Other assorted non-lethal items were also captured from the criminals.
“Regrettably, one officer and two gallant soldiers paid the supreme price while four other soldiers were wounded in action over the period.
“However, the wounded soldiers have since been evacuated to a military medical facility and are currently responding to treatment.”
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