As The Nigerian Army continues its fights against criminal insurgents in the North East, recounting their daily encounter the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator Colonel AMINU ILIYASU in statement revealed that in another development, on 28 January 2020, troops of 112 Task Force Battalion deployed at Mafa LGA of Borno State in conjunction with elements of Civilian Joint Task Force conducted a robust clearance operation to Talwari, Damjamari, Kajeri Mai Burem and Gana Villages.
he said ”Interestingly, shortly after Gana Village, troops made contact with some marauding Boko Haram criminals. After a brief fire fight, 2 Boko Haram insurgents were neutralized. Furthermore, it is heart-warming that troops rescued 2 women and 5 children from the captivity of the criminals.
the statement also hinted that, on 29 January 2020, troops of Sector 2 Operation LAFIYA DOLE in conjunction with elements of Chief of Army Staff Intervention Battalion and Theatre Special Forces conducted a massive clearance operation to Lambawa forest following an earlier encounter with Boko Haram criminals on 26 January 2020 in the general area. Although no contact was made with the criminal insurgents during the clearance operation, nevertheless the troops recovered one Anti-Aircraft Gun and 12.7mm ammunition metal links abandoned by the criminals as they were escaping in utter confusion during previous encounter.
Also, on 30 January 2020, Boko Haram criminals mounted on 11 Gun Trucks met an uncommon resilience and debilitating blow by troops of Sector 3 Operation LAFIYA DOLE deployed at Damasak in Mobbar LGA of Borno State. After 3 unsuccessful waves of attacks on the battle tested troops, the troops unleashed a well-coordinated and overwhelming fire power with the support from Air Task Force Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Artillery and other support weapons to obliterate a large number of the insurgents while others were forced to flee in bewilderment. Consequently, on 31 January 2020, troops on exploitation along the Boko Haram criminals’ withdrawal route recovered 2 bodies of the criminal insurgents while traces of blood were also observed. Equally, troops recovered 2 AK 47 Rifles and another burnt AK 47 Rifle, one AK 47 Rifle magazine, 16 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, 2 Rocket Propelled Gun 7 bombs, 3 rounds of 60mm Mortar bombs and 263 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition.
Relatedly, in one of the most devastating defeats of Boko Haram criminals in recent times, on 5 February 2020, elite troops of 707 Special Forces Brigade under Operation SMOKEY THUNDER at blocking position of Boko Haram crossing points east of Gudumbali in Guzamala LGA of Borno State sighted some Boko Haram terrorists mounted on 9 Gun Trucks in the vicinity. Instinctively, the troops initiated a hot pursuit and made contact with the criminals. The resilience of the troops and their superior fire power overwhelmed the criminals, forcing them to scamper in disarray. At the end of the encounter, 5 Boko Haram terrorists were neutralized and one of the Boko Haram criminals’ Gun Truck was destroyed. Additionally, one Dushka Anti-Aircraft Gun, one PKM Machine Gun Belt, 5 AK 47 Rifles, one Hand Held Radio, 2 Android phones and 3 Hand Grenades were captured by the troops. Regrettably, one gallant officer and one gallant soldier were wounded in action. However, the wounded personnel are currently responding positively to treatment in a military medical facility.
In another development, on 27 January 2020, Joint Tactical Team deployed to Borno and Yobe State arrested one Modu Gana, a high profile Boko Haram spy and logistics supplier at Airport Junction Bulunkutu Ngomari in Jere LGA of Borno State. Preliminary investigation revealed series of communication between the suspect and an Islamic State West Africa Province Commander – Bukar Fatumani requesting him to conduct surveillance on troops’ location at Benisheik, Jakana, Auno and Njimtilo.
In a separate incident, on 28 January 2020, the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team of Army Super Camp 6 deployed in Konduga LGA of Borno State in conjunction with troops of Quick Response Force recovered an Improvised Explosive Device planted by the evil insurgents along Konduga- Kawuri Road. The device was safely detonated by the expert team. Also, on 29 January 2020, Troops of Sector 3 Operation LAFIYA DOLE also discovered and safely detonated an Improvised Explosive Device also planted by the cowardly insurgents along Garin Giwa – Cross Kauwa Road. In the same vein, on 29 January 2020, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team attached to Army Super Camp Dikwa discovered and safely detonated 2 Improvised Devices shortly before Kaga Bridge along Dikwa – Marte road.