By Victor Akaa, Abuja
The Military Authority says, the gallant troops of 28 Task Force Brigade of Sector 1 of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) has on 12 December, 2020 inflicted heavy casualties on Boko Haram terrorists ,obliterating over 20 terrorist while large cache of sophisticated firearms recovered.
The troops frustrated what would have been a deadly attack orchestrated by the terrorists at Askira Uba in Borno State.
Col. Ado Isa,
Deputy Director Army Public Relations 7 Division Maiduguri, in a statement relayed to News headquarter on Sunday said the troops swiftly engaged the criminals whom were suspected to be coming from Sambisa forest, with superior fire power, killing over 20 terrorists and recovering 3 Anti Aircraft Guns, 2 PKT Machine Guns, 10 AK 47 Rifles and 13 Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG), amongst other large cache of firearms.
“The terrorists were suspected to have come from Sambisa Forest, mounted on over 15 gun trucks and approached the town from different directions simultaneously.
“Troops responded and engaged the criminals with superior fire power.
“Consequently, the terrorists suffered huge losses both in men, materials and equipment.
“Specifically, the troops captured 4 gun trucks from the criminals while some additional gun trucks were also destroyed by the Air Task Force that responded swiftly.
“Scores of the terrorists were killed and over 20 terrorists dead bodies were counted.
“Additionally, 3 boxer motorcycles, 3 Anti Aircraft Guns, 2 PKT Machine Guns, 10 AK 47 Rifles and 13 Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Bombs as well as large cache of ammunition and other weapons were captured from the terrorists among others.”
The statement had however regretted that one soldier paid the supreme sacrifice and two others were wounded during the encounter and were stable/responding to treatment.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has commended the troops of OPLD for their professionalism and commitment towards achieving the feat.
He however assured that the troops will continue to sustain the aggressive, offensive posture to rid the entire North East of remnants of Boko Haram/ISWAP criminals, rapists and marauders.
While praying for God to repose the soul of the dead soldier and the quick recovery of the 2 soldiers wounded in action.