Troops under the Operation Lafiya Dole in Borno state have laid ambush on some Boko Haram militants, killing 20 of them, capturing 17 others, and rescuing over 100 people.
During the 2-week-long Operation Deep Punch supported by the Nigerian Air Force with intelligence surveillance, reconnaissance assets and timely air interdiction, the troops have also cleared the insurgents from many villages in the northern part of the state.
Army Spokesman at 8-Division, Col. Timothy Antigha, said in a statement he issued yesterday that the operation was still ongoing and only six soldiers sustained various injuries and had since been evacuated for prompt medical attention.
“The operation which commenced about two weeks ago was proceeded by coordinated air and artillery bombardment of islands and localities occupied by terrorists, and from where they sneak into Magumeri, Kauram and other locations to loot property and attack security personnel and villagers. Islands and villages cleared so far include Arena Chiki, Chikun Gudu, Arena Waje, Sa’ada and Juwe, among others,” he said.
He added that 20 terrorists had been killed, 17 others captured, while over 100 elderly men, women and children had been rescued.
Preliminary investigation has revealed that a large number of the rescued people were forced to work in farms under life threatening conditions.
“More investigation and interviews will be conducted before the rescued persons are handed over for further action,” he said, adding that the operation which was ongoing had yielded handsome results as terrorists abandoned vehicles, arms and ammunition when troops swooped on them.