By – Kingsley Omonobi-Abuja.
Nigerian troops fighting to rout remnants of Boko Haram in the North East have carried out a major offensive against several hideouts of the terrorists in Kala Balge Local Government area of Borno State killing scores while many ran into the bush with bullet wounds.
The troops also rescued 455 captives mostly women and children from the camps of the terrorists in villages located in Kala Balge LGA.
Similarly, the troops encountered Boko Haram terrorists at Shirawa who withdrew in disarray when they could not withstand the firepower of the troops and abandoned the newly constructed Logistics Base.
The troops recovered two (2) freshly prepared suicide bombing vests and maize grinding machine after the shootout.
A statement signed by Brigadier General Sani Usman, Director of Army Public Relations confirming the offensive said, “In continuation of the clearance operation of suspected hideouts of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in their respective areas of responsibility, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have been doing very well.
“It is in this regards that troops of 112 Task Force Battalion, 22 Task Force Brigade, today carried out a major offensive against suspected hideouts of Boko Haram terrorists at Artano, Saduguma, Duve and Bordo.
“The offensive also spread to Kala, Bok, Magan, Misherde, Ahisari, Gilgil, Mika, Hiwa, Kutila and Shirawa settlements, all in Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State.
“At the Kutila village, the troops came under heavy attack from the terrorists.
“The troops responded and dealt with the Boko Haram terrorists by neutralizing and routing them out of the area.
“Several others escaped into the thick forest with gunshot wounds.
“The troops recovered 1 Gun truck, 1 Canter vehicle and 1 pick up from the terrorists.
Continuing, Usman said, “The gallant soldiers proceeded further to clear Bok, Misherde, Mika and Kutila also in Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State, where they liberated 455 persons held hostages by the terrorists.
“The rescued persons after thorough screening have been moved to Rann Internally Displaced Persons camp.”