35 Insurgents Killed in Artillery Bombardments, Other Operations – DMO
The Defence Media Operations (DMO) has said that no fewer than 35 Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists, were neutralized in continuation of the subsidiary Operation KANTANA JIMLAN, long range fighting patrol, Air Task Force (ATF) artillery bombardments, ambush attacks by troops, and several others military operations, in the North East.
Coordinator of the DMO, John Enenche, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, said the BHT/ISWAP terrorists were killed in Sector 1 offensives between 11 and 22 May, 2020.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has already commended the gallant troops for their professionalism.
The High Command of the Military has also charged the troops to maintain the momentum of their operations, with a view to eradicating the terrorists from the North East.
According to the statement issued by Enenche, a Major General, troops of Army Super Camp 6 and 7, in continuation of Operation LAFIYA DOLE subsidiary Operation KANTANA JIMLAN, conducted a long range fighting patrol on 11 May 2020, and cleared Adzunge and adjoining villages.
The statement further stated: “Also, troops of Special Response Area Pulka with the Civilian Joint Task Force and hunters ambushed the terrorists on 13 May 2020 along Pulka-Boko- Kirawa road. Eight (8) BHT/ISWAP fighters were killed while 10 Motorcycles and assorted food items were captured.
“On 15 May 2020 troops of 192 Bn ambushed BHT/ISWAP fighters relocating from Sambisa forest to Mandara mountains due to heavy air and artillery bombardments. Five (5) of of them were killed, 3 AK 47 rifles and 17 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, one pair of BHT/ISWAP uniform, two cartridges and other clothing materials were recovered.
“Same day, troops of 22 Brigade deployed at Dikwa in conjunction with troops from Quick Response Area neutralized 2 terrorists who attempted to attack the troops location from Boboshe. Others fled with gunshot wounds. One AK 47 rifle and one magazine with 15 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition were recovered.”
Maj. Gen. Enenche, also said between 19 and 20 May 2020, troops of 7 Division Garrison, 195 and 212 Battalions with Vigilantes, following Gajigana attack, exploited and discovered 5 terrorists killed in action.
He added that five AK-47 rifles, 2 BHT gun trucks, 1 anti aircraft gun, 6 assorted magazines, 250 rounds of 12.7 mm, 61 rounds of 7.62 mm and 2 hand grenades were recovered.
“In another operation, troops of Special Response Area Pulka with Civilian Joint Task Force and hunters, ambushed the terrorists on 20 May 2020 along Pulka-Dirgi-Banki general area. In the encounter 2 BHT/ISWAP fighters were killed while others escaped with One AK 47 loaded with 30 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition was recovered.
“Furthermore, on 21 May 2020 troops of 81 Division Task Force under 22 Brigade and 153 Task Force Bn with Civilian Joint Task Force cleared Mugdala village. During the operation 8 BHT/ISWAP terrorists were killed. One AK 47 rifle, one Dane gun, 3 BHT flags, 2 bicycles,2 Techno cell phones, 2 memory cards and other phone accessories were recovered.
“Equally, troops of 202 Bn and Special Armoured Brigade Garrison Bama, based on credible intelligence sprung an ambush on 22 May 2020 at BHT/ISWAP crossing point along Bama Aulari road. Three (3) BHT/ISWAP terrorists were neutralised and others escaped with gunshot wounds. In all, a total of 35 BHT/ISWAP terrorists were killed in Sector 1 offensives between 11 and 22 May 2020,” said the DMO Coordinator.