As the troops continued their onslaught on insurgents in the North east, a timely distress call has saved communities besieged by terrorists in search of food around the Lake Chad area, says defence headquarters.
A statement by Director Defence Information (DDI), Major General Chris Olukolade, said the insurgents were heavily armed.
“The terrorists who were said to be heavily armed scampered for safety on sensing the approach of troops before they could carry out their mission.
“The troops of the Multi-National Joint Task Force on patrol of the area have so far recovered some arms and ammunition left behind by fleeing terrorists. Cordon and search of the area is continuing with a view to apprehending any of the terrorists that could be lurking around.”
“Meanwhile, the assault on terrorists’ enclaves in Sambisa forests and surrounding locations is continuing. Operational activities around Wala, Gwoza, Pulka and environs have been intensified. Encounters resulting from air and land strikes and an ambush of troops on patrols in the area have resulted in the death of scores of terrorists and loss of 5 soldiers including an officer.”