Troops have intensified efforts of clearing remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in some hideouts in the North Eastern part of the country, the Nigerian Army has said.
Towards this end, soldiers of 121 Task Force Battalion, 26 Task Force Brigade on Saturday carried out clearance operations at Dure district.
A statement by the acting Director, Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, said during the encounter, troops met stiff resistance from the terrorists.
“They, however, overcame and cleared Dure 1, Dure 2, Jango, Dibiye and other suspected Boko Haram terrorists hideouts within the general area of the district.
“Three soldiers however sustained injuries as a result of an Improvised Explosive Device, IED. They were immediately evacuated for medical treatment and are in stable condition”, the statement said.
Usman, a colonel, added that during the operation, troops killed several terrorists and recovered 2 hand held Motorola radios one of which was booby-trapped, materials for Improvised Explosive making devices and destroyed several grains storage facilities.
“Simultaneously, another combined team of units under 26 Task Force Brigade based in Gwoza same day cleared Amdaga Makaranta and Amdaga Madachi of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists. During the encounter, two Boko Haram terrorists’ fighters were killed”, he stated.
The statement noted that General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Brigadier General Victor Okwudili Ezugwu, disclosed that prior to the clearance operation, Dure 1 and 2 were Boko Haram strong holds in the mainland of Sambisa forest.
According to the statement, the operation further revealed the new and desperate strategy of Boko Haram terrorists; hiding their logistics especially grains for the rainy season in dugouts and the use of hand held radios primed with Improvised Explosive Devices as booby-traps.
The GOC assured that the Nigerian military is confident that God that gives victory, is helping the military to decode and frustrate all terrorists’ evil plans and machinations.
General Ezugwu further noted that it is the military’s determined objective to ensure that the menace of Boko Haram would be consigned to the dustbin of inglorious history in the annals of Nigeria’s corporate existence as a nation.
“It is imperative to state that we shall not rest on our oars in implementing the directives of our indefatigable Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, to ensure that Boko Haram terrorists are completely defeated and their remnants are cleared wherever they may be hibernating”, Ezugwu said in the statement.