By Kingsley Omonobi-Abuja
Following a massive land and air onslaught by troops of the Nigerian Military and air strikes by the Nigerian Air Force, over 100 Boko Haram terrorists have been killed in clearance operations in Baga and neighbouring towns, the Army has said.
Nigerian Air Force helicopter
A statement by Brigadier General Sank Usman, Director, Army Public Relations in their determined efforts of wiping the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have embarked on aggressive clearance operations on suspected Boko Haram terrorists hideouts and crossing points with tremendous results.
“It is in this line that they neutralised quite a number of them and recovered various calibre of arms and ammunition in such areas around Goniri in Yobe State, Damasak, Kross Kauwa and Monguno, among other locations in Borno State.
“Specifically, the 120 Battalion and the newly formed Nigerian Army Special Forces Command have neutralised over 100 Boko Haram terrorists in various encounters.
“The Nigerian Air Force Air Task Force component of Operation Lafiya Dole have been giving close air support to ground troops and also facilitating hot pursuit of fleeing infiltrating terrorists in the ongoing operations.
” Significantly, the Air Task Force have destroyed several Boko Haram terrorists gun trucks and facilities.
“The gallant troops have also been repelling attempted efforts by the terrorists to infiltrate their locations.
” Buoyed by the Chief of Army Staff’s presence and motivation, the troops in the front line are in renewed positive fighting spirit across the theatre to stop incursions and annihilate the terrorists.
The battle has now further shifted to the fringes of Lake Chad and other suspected Boko Haram terrorists enclave along the borders.