75 B’Haram Fighters Massacred in Aggressive Patrols, Ambushes
At least 75 Boko Haram have been eliminated, however three soldiers also paid the supreme price in aggressive clearance operations, ambushes, robust day and night patrols, conducted by troops of the subsidiary Operation Fire Ball.
Four other soldiers who were wounded in action, have since been evacuated to a military medical facility, and are currently responding to treatment, it was learnt.
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ), in a statement by Brig. Gen. Bernard Onyeuko on Tuesday, said the clearance operations, and patrols, were conducted as part of decimating the remnants of Boko Haram/ISWAP criminals.
Onyeuko, Acting Director, Defence Media Operations (DMO), revealed that several terrorists elements have been neutralized, while their ammunition was captured and destroyed, as a result of the offensive action carried out by troops.
“In terms of the criminals’ equipment, 4 x Gun Trucks, 1 x Bedford Truck, 3 x Anti Aircraft guns, were destroyed. The captured weapons include: 6 x Gun Trucks, 4 x Anti Aircraft guns, 1x PKT gun, 4 x General Purpose Machine Guns,1 x Automatic Grenade Launcher, 1 x Dushka Gun, 1 x Light Machine Gun, 48 x AK 47 Rifles, 1x Locally made Pistol and 10 x AK 47 magazines. Furthermore, large cache of ammunition were captured also.
“This include: 1 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, 3 shells for making Improvised Explosive Device, 1 x Smoke Grenade and 2 x belts of PKT rounds. Other assorted non lethal items were also captured from the criminals,” he said.