Nigerian troops kill over 100 Boko Haram insurgents in Northeast
The Nigerian Army says troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE have killed more than 100 Boko Haram insurgents in clearance operations in the Northeast.
Army spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Sani Kukasheka, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.He said the highly spirited troops, aggressively conducted clearance operations to rout out remnants of the insurgents in their hideouts in Yobe and Borno.
Kukasheka said the troops with support of the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, dealt a decisive blow on the insurgents and pushed the battle to the fringes of Lake Chad.
He added that the gallant troops killed several of the insurgents and recovered high caliber ammunition in Goniri in Yobe as well as Damasak, Kross-Kauwa and Monguno in Borno.
“Specifically, the 120 Battalion and the newly formed Nigerian Army Special Forces Command have neutralised over 100 Boko Haram terrorists in various encounters.
“The Nigerian Air Force; Air Task Force component of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has been giving close air support to ground troops and also facilitating hot pursuit of fleeing infiltrating terrorists in the ongoing operations.
“Significantly, the Air Task Force 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 front line 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 terrorists enclave along the borders,” he said.