By Ajogwu Jerry
Troops of the recently launched Operation YANCIN TAFKI deployed as Multinational Joint Task Force, comprising Air and Land Components from Chad, Cameroon, Niger Republic and Nigeria for the second time in about 10 days, dealt a devastating blow on Boko Haram Terrorists.
During the last encounter, Boko Haram Terrorists operating along the Kamadougou River, between Niger and Nigeria, attacked troops location in Gueskerou, about 30 kilometers from Diffa in Niger Republic.
“However, troops showed valour and gallantry by fiercely defending their location and killing 27 terrorists, destroying 6 Gun Trucks and capturing several equipment, arms and ammunition. A few terrorists who escaped the fire fight were observed running towards Gashigar in Nigerian territory and were being pursued as at the time of issuing this Press Release,”.
In a related development, according to a statement by Colonel Timothy Antigha, Chief, Military Public Information Officer, MNJTF, troops also confronted Boko Haram Terrorists around Abadam, in the general area of Mallam Fatori.
At the end of the encounter, the insurgents suffered the following casualties with large cache of arms and ammunition recovered:
23 terrorists were relocated to the great world beyond, 2 AK 47 Rifles, 5 AA GUN, 12 AK 47 Rifles, 1000 7.62 MM AMMO, 500 12.7MM AMMO were recovered. One BHT was also captured alive, 5 motor cycles, one motor cycle destroyed, four gun trucks destroyed, 3 general purpose machine guns and 3 hand grenades were recovered.