Fleeing Boko Haram and Islamic State of West African Province ( ISWAP) fighters have abandoned their gun trucks as the Nigerian Military continues Air bombardment of identified terrorists’ hideouts in Borno State.
Several of the insurgents were also killed in the operation conducted by troops of 212 Bn, Sector 1 Operation Lafiya Dole at Gajigana in Nganzai Local Government Area of Borno State.
A cache of arms was also recovered by troops.
According to a statement by the Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, “troops of 212 Bn, Sector 1 Operation LAFIYA DOLE on 17 May 2020 successfully repelled BHT/ISWAP attack and killed several terrorists, recovered arms and ammunition at Gajigana in Nganzai LGA of Borno State.
“The unit had earlier received credible intelligence report on BHT convergence and advancement to attack troops’ location at Gajigana from Goni Usmanti Village in Nganzai Local Government Area.
“In response to the terrorists attack on ground troops, the Air Task Force, scrambled its Attack Aircraft and Helicopter Gunships to provide Close Air Support and engaged the BHT in exchange of fire with troops”.
It added that, “further exploitation by 7 Div Gar discovered One(1) destroyed gun truck and two abandoned gun trucks at Mitturu Village. Items recovered include; two AK-47 riffles, three magazines, 36 rounds of 7.62 millimeter special ammunition, two 36 hand grenades and one LG3 bombs.
“The Military High Command congratulates the troops on their gallantry and professionalism.
“The Armed Forces of Nigeria will remain resolute and continue to sustain the offensive against the enemies of our great Nation. We shall not relent until peace and normalcy are restored not only in North East but also in every other troubled region of our beloved country”.