The Nigerian military on counter-insurgency operation in Nigeria’s northeast said two soldiers were wounded in an encounter with terrorists in Sambisa Forest.
A spokesman for the operation’s unit, known as Operation LAFIYA DOLE, said the Friday encounter saw troops successfully neutralising seven terrorists, while hundreds of them escape.
Statement by Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, the Director Army Public Relations, said an aerial bombardment by the Nigerian Air Force led to the destruction of
“Terrorists’ equipment, make-shift accommodation, Improvised Explosives Device (IEDs), booby traps”, among others were discovered and destroyd. It also claimed that “troops recovered 1 Gun truck, 1 Anti-Aircraft Gun, 1 Machine Gun, a Pistol, large quantity of Anti-Aircraft Gun ammunition, a 120mm Mortar Base Plate and a Dane Gun” from the fleeing terrorists.
“Similarly, the troops destroyed 11 Boko Haram terrorists Gun trucks, 12 Hilux vehicles, 3 Canter trucks 2 Double Barrel Rifles, 30 Bicycles, Power generating sets, cylinders, printers, military kits and IED making workshop.”
The military urged residents of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states “to report any fleeing Boko Haram terrorist seen around their communities” and “also look out for the wounded terrorists and report to the nearest military or Nigeria Police Force location.”