By Ajogwu Jerry
In the determined efforts to wipe out remnants of Boko Haram terrorists out of the country, Nigerian Army troops deployed for counter insurgency operation in the North East have succeeded in chasing members of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) from Northern Borno state.
According to a statement by the Army Spokesman, Brig Gen Sani Kuksheka Usman:
“The gallant troops of the newly formed Nigerian Army Special Forces Command (NASFC), Operation LAFIYA DOLE, have given the terrorists that attacked troops location in Baga a bloody nose.
“The triumphant troops, particularly the highly revered 707 Special Forces Brigade which is the vanguard of the great exploit, dealt the decisive blow that neutralised several terrorists along that axis despite prior warning to them by some unpatriotic elements.
“The Special Forces commenced clearance operations on 28th December 2018, where they cleared Zare, Gudumbali, Kukawa and Cross Kauwa without any resistance from suspected terrorists. However, at Cross Kauwa, the unfortunate ISWAP terrorists made a costly mistake of raising their ugly heads. In professional fashion the troops exploited the situation to instantly and decisively neutralise the insurgents and captured some equipment.
“Though some of the terrorists attempted to infiltrate troops camp at Monguno, the gallant troops lured them and neutralised many of them and recovered some arms and ammunition.
The troops who are in high spirit had since linked up with other forces in Baga where they cleared the Naval Base and the surrounding areas,” he said.
Gen Usman revealed that the Special Forces lost one officer and a soldier, while 5 other soldiers sustained injuries during the encounter.