No fewer than 100 Boko Haram fighters were naturalised by Nigerian troops during an “aggressive clearance oeprations” around Goniri in Yobe state, Kross Kauwa, Monguno, and Damasak in Borneo state.
The troops also recovered various calibre of arms and ammunitions during the operation.
Army spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Sani Kukasheka Usman who disclosed this in a statement, said the operations were conducted by the 120 Battalion and the newly formed Nigerian Army Special Forces Command, with air support from the Nigerian Air Force Air Task Force component of Operation LAFIYA DOLE.
He said the close air support by the air force to ground troops faciliated “hot pursuit of fleeing infiltrating terrorists in the on going operations.”
“Significantly, the Air Task Force have destroyed several Boko Haram terrorists gun trucks and facilities. The gallant troops have also been repelling attempted efforts by the terrorists to infiltrate their locations.
“Buoyed by the Chief of Army Staff’s presence and motivation, the troops in the frontline are in renewed positive fighting spirit across the theatre to stop incursions and annihilate the terrorists. The battle has now further shifted to the fringes of Lake Chad and other suspected Boko Haram terrorists enclave along the borders,” Usman said.
He added that the troops were determined to wipeout the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists.