Troops of the Nigerian Army have killed four Boko Haram members operating in the Northwest of the country.
The Director, Army Public Relations (DAPR), Brigadier General Sani Usman said on
Thursday that one of the insurgents was killed in an ambush laid by soldiers along Firgi-Pulka road in Bama local government of Borno state.
He further disclosed that the three others were neutralized as they disguised as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) with a view to penetrating a military barrier.
Usman noted that if not for the vigilance of the troops, it would have been a major disaster if the terrorists were able to penetrate into military facility and carry out their suicide mission.
Brig Gen Usman, also commended the troops of the 151 and 202 Battalion of 21 brigade and the crack troops of 22 Brigade of operation Lafiya Dole for displaying gallantry in the operations.
He said: “The Troops of 151 and 202 Battalions of 21 Brigade Nigerian Army, under Operation LAFIYA DOLE in furtherance of clearance and blockade Operation DEEP PUNCH II in separate but well-coordinated attacks simultaneously laid ambush on unsuspecting Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) along Firgi-Pulka road in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.
“The Troops engaged the terrorists with a heavy fire causing the terrorists to abandon their weapons and flee in disarray with Gun Shot wounds.
“In the first instance upon exploitation, troops recovered from the ambush site one General
Multi-Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) and one motorcycle.
“They also successfully discovered and safely detonated an unexploded ordnance. However, the troops followed with a hot pursuit, neutralized one terrorist and recovered 6 bundles of zinc.
“In the same vein, crack troops of 22 Brigade of Operation LAFIYA DOLE displayed gallantry on 4th October at about 6:05pm by intercepting three Boko Haram terrorists disguised as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and trying to infiltrate a barrier.
“The vigilant troops engaged the suicide bombers forcing them to hastily detonate their suicide vest. The troops recovered 2 AK-47 rifles, two magazines with several rounds of ammunition and amongst other items.
“The troops’ action saved what would have been another evil machination of BHTs ploy to utilize suicide bombing to inflict heavy casualties on soft targets.”