The Nigerian Army on Saturday said its troops made “tremendous success” in the ongoing operations to clear the extremist Boko Haram sect from locations around the country’s North-East.
The spokesperson for the Army, Sani Usman, said in a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES that troops of the 7 Division Garrison, 112 Battalion and Army Headquarters Strike Group, recorded tremendous success in a clearance operations against terrorists at Kotokuma, Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State.
“The troops cleared the terrorists camp which was equipped with medical facility, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) factory, fuel dump, mechanical workshop, generators and several water points,” Mr. Usman, a colonel, said.
He added, “The gallant troops also destroyed three vehicles laden with IEDs meant for suicide bombings somewhere and killed 37 Boko Haram terrorists.
“The troops also recovered 12 vehicles, 27 motorcycles, 9 AK-47 rifles, 2 Fabrique Nationale rifles, fabricated rocket bomb and a Sniper rifle. Other items recovered include 4 Dane Guns, solar panels and other household items. In addition to that, they also rescued 20 persons held hostage by the terrorists.
“Unfortunately, two of our soldiers sustained gun shot wounds. The wounded soldiers have been evacuated to 7 Division Hospital where they are receiving medical care.
“We wish to state here that buoyed by this unprecedented success, the troops morale is very high.
“We would like to assure the public that the troops would continue to do their best to clear all the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists wherever they may be to successfully bring to an end the menace of the terrorists.”