The Nigerian Army has said that its troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in continuation of Operation Deep Punch II against Boko Haram on Sunday crushed fleeing terroriststs in Gonori area of Yobe State.
Disclosing this on Sunday to newsmen in Maiduguri, the Director Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Sani Kukashekau Usman said so many ammunition including Anti-aircraft gun were recovered from the fleeing insurgents while two soldiers who sustained minor injuries are currently recieving treatment in the Brigade Ambulance.
“As a result of the ongoing clearance operations through Operation DEEP PUNCH II in Operation LAFIYA DOLE, some desperate Boko Haram terrorists attempting to escape the theatre through one of the formidable blocking positions in Goniri, Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State, had been severely dealt with on Friday 9th February 2018.
“The terrorists in attempt to penetrate through the troops lying in wait were mercilessly trashed. The troops destroyed their Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), neutralized quite a number and wounded several other escaping Boko Haram terrorists. Similarly, they recovered an Anti-aircraft gun with long belt of ammunitions, an AK-47 Rifle and other items.
“Immediately the terrorists encountered the troops around 6:20pm, they adopted rapid firing, while the troops responded with maximum volume of fire. The troops’ tank tactically flanked and crushed the IED laden vehicle of the terrorists,” Usman said.
He added that the response was very efficient as only 2 soldiers sustained minor injuries, saying that the two brave soldiers are currently receiving treatment in the Brigade Field Ambulance.
Continuing the Army Spokesman said: “Preliminary investigation reveals that some unscrupulous Boko Haram terrorists informants might have hinted the terrorist group that the troops had moved along with their equipment out of the blocking position the previous day, hoping that penetration through the area would have been easy. Disappointedly, they met gallant troops who proved too impenetrable, frustrated their effort and cleared their doubt.
“It should be noted that having been forced out of their hideouts due to the ongoing Operation DEEP PUNCH II, the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists have resorted to marauding around isolated communities and fleeing the theatre. Nevertheless, the troops have remained resilient and on maximum alert, full of high morale,” the statement reads.