OPLD: Troops obliterate more BHTs, recover gun trucks, other sophisticated weapons

By Victor Akaa, Abuja

The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations (DMO), Brig. Gen. Bernard Onyeuko says,more terrorists have been killed and dangerous sophisticated weapons recovered by the troops of Operation Fire Ball.

The Operation Fire Ball is a subsidiary operation under Operation Lafiya Dole operating in the North East within its Theatre of Operation have continued to exhibit their dexterity and tactical superiority against remnants of Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals within the zone.

Gen. Onyeuko in a statement relayed to News headquarter said troops during its operation conducted on 16 and 17 December, 2020,inflicted heavy casualties on the criminals, recovering some firearms including Gun Trucks, Anti Aircraft Guns, assorted ammunitions, among others.

“In the early hours of 17 December 2020, unconfirmed number of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province in Gun Trucks and foot fighters attacked Army Super Camp 17 at Cross-Kauwa.

“The troops of 401 Special Forces Brigade in a swift reaction knocked out the enemies.

“The superior firepower unleashed by own troops during attack inflicted heavy casualties on the criminals.

“After the decisive encounter, 4 Boko Haram/ISWAP criminals were neutralized while 2 Gun Trucks, one Anti Aircraft Gun and assorted ammunitions were captured.” he stated.

“Earlier, on 16 December 2020, troops of Army Super Camp 11 Gamboru came under BHT/ISWAP ambush around Kenuba general area.

“Troops swiftly dismounted and engaged the criminals in fierce fight thereby forcing the terrorists to withdraw in disarray.”

The statement adds that , 5 Boko Haram criminals were neutralized while one BHT Gun Truck was destroyed, one Anti Aircraft and 3 AK 47 Rifles were captured from the fleeing criminals,after the encounter.

The troops were highly commended for their continued dedication and determination in flushing out remnants of the terrorists from their hideouts.

As they were also encouraged not to relent but build on the successes recorded so far.

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