Troops Kill Many Terrorists On Dikwa-Maiduguri Road, Recover Weapons

image (4)The Army yesterday said troops killed many terrorists on Dikwa-Maiduguri Road.
But the Army remained silent on the casualty figure.
A statement by the acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman Kukasheka said recent military operations against Boko Haram insurgents had been very successful, with the terrorists fleeing the battle scene.
The statement reads: “In compliance with the directive of Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj.-Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, the Nigerian troops have increased the tempo of their offensive as they killed many terrorists during a recent combat operation along Dikwa-Maiduguri Road, in Borno State.
“Through a combined operation, involving the ground troops and Air Force, the military mercilessly dealt devastating blows on the terrorists who could not escape during the encounter.
“Some of the items recovered from the terrorists included vehicles heavily laden with Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDs), motorcycles, trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns, anti-aircraft gun, general purpose machine, gunbox of anti-aircraft gun ammunition and rifles”.
The Army said that in one of the recent operations, the military attacked terrorists’ logistics base, where an IED was planted with connected wires traced to a kingpin’s residence.
It added: “Due to recent concerted efforts, roads and towns hitherto being held by Boko Haram terrorists and laced with mines, such as Biu-Buni Yadi-Damaturu and Biu-Sabon Gari-Damboa roads, were liberated and cleared of mines and made safe for public usage”.
The renewed onslaught on insurgent’s hideout is coming on the heels of the change of the codename for the counter-insurgency operation to “Operation Zaman Lafiya Dole” by the COAS, who also charged troops not to wait for Boko Haram to attack first but to take the battle to the insurgents.