Six Boko Haram insurgents were killed Wednesday evening, while several others fled with injuries sustained from gunshots, as soldiers of the 7 Division Nigeria Army stepped up offensive in the ongoing Operation Crackdown’ counterinsurgency in parts of the volatile northeast Nigeria, officials said.
The soldiers who raided about seven different Boko Haram camps were able to rescue four women and a child in one of the camps. They also recovered vehicles, guns and food stuff.
Though a soldier was said to have sustained a gunshot injury, the troops were excited to have recovered a state of the art communication gadget which has been key to the operations of the Boko Haram.
Spokesman of the Nigeria Army, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, confirmed this in a statement made available to the press.
“In a follow up operation to ensure proper clearance of suspected Boko Haram terrorists hideouts and prevent the fleeing terrorists escaping from Operation CRACKDOWN, troops of the 155 Task Force Battalion, carried out a swift clearance operation at Kircha Dungus village and surrounding environment, yesterday evening.
“During the operation, the troops encountered pockets of the Boko Haram terrorists in which they killed 4 of them while few others fled leaving behind 4 women and a child. The troops have rescued and evacuated them for screening and further rehabilitation.
While checking the general area, the troops further discovered a pair of military desert camouflage uniform and a Boko Haram terrorists’ flag hoisted in the village. They also recovered a Generator set and water pumping machine.
“Similarly, troops of 7 Division Strike Group Team B, attached to 21 Brigade have braved harsh climatic conditions to also clear 7 villages of Boko Haram terrorists presence north east of Kumshe village.
The villages are; Mulfuta, Baibawa, Jenere, Bembem, Maksamari, Bula Kafie and Bula Bodi.
During the advance to Jenere, the troops encountered some Boko Haram terrorists’ elements that engaged the troops in fierce battle. The troops were able to kill 2 terrorists, wounded several others and continued with their patrol to Jenere-Hausari.
“Here, they discovered that the Boko Haram terrorists now evolved new tactics of evading surveillance by drones and aircrafts. They now hide in makeshift camps covered with shrubs. The troops recovered some motorcycles, 2 Dane guns, large quantity of foodstuffs stored in a well-constructed storage facility and solar panels.
“Thereafter, the troops proceeded to Bembem, where the suspected Boko Haram terrorists also laid an ambush for them. It was however cleared successfully although a soldier sustained gunshot wound during the clearance. He has been evacuated and receiving treatment.
“The team discovered and rescued some hostages held by the Boko Haram terrorists in the area. Although the patrol team did not encounter any terrorists in Maksamari, they made a very rewarding recovery of an invaluable communication gadget.
“Through it, the troops discovered the terrorists’ new tactics and dispositions.
In a related development, troops of the newly created 8 Task Force Division have commenced operations in earnest.
“The formations and units under its command have equally been involved in clearance operations through daily patrols, raids and offensive actions against remnants of Boko Haram terrorists.
“It is in line with this that the troops of 153 Task Force Battalion conducted aggressive patrol to Gudusuri, Malalewa, Khadaamari, Rundi and Mugu villages in northern parts of Borno State. Although they did not encounter Boko Haram terrorists in the area, the troops recovered 5 vehicles, 6 motorcycles and 1 Boko Haram terrorists’ flag.
“In same vein, some elements of the same unit deployed at the Forward Operation Base (FOB) Old Marte, conducted another patrol to New Marte yesterday to clear suspected remnants of Boko Haram terrorists hiding in the area.
“Similarly, troops of 242 Battalion deployed at FOB Gajiganna along with 2 Civilian JTF, went on patrol to Goni Kanuburi village. Here too, no contact was made with the Boko Haram terrorists as they all fled the area.
“It was the same story when the patrol team of 242 Battalion deployed at FOB Gajiram, patrolled Galle village.
“The troops of 157 Task Force Battalion, 7 Brigade, have also continued to conduct fighting patrols to continue to prevent remnants of Boko Haram terrorists freedom of action or escaping”.