BORNO, Nigeria – The troops of Operation Tura Takaibango, a subsidiary of Operation Lafiya Dole, have overrun Boko Haram and Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists’ enclaves, killing scores in Borno and Yobe States.
The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Benard Onyeuko, who confirmed the development in a statement on Tuesday, said the enclaves were located at Chindila town in Yobe and Mayankari in Borno.
Onyeuko said the troops of 233 Battalion on Monday, made contact with the terrorists during an aggressive clearance patrol at Chindila village.
He said the troops engaged the terrorists with a fierce volume of fire and neutralised five of them in the process, while some escaped with gunshots wounds.
Onyeuko said three AK 47 rifles, five magazines and 17 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition were recovered from the encounter.
He said the troops were still in pursuit of the criminals, adding that they had continued to dominate the general area.
He also disclosed that troops of 151 Battalion, 202 Battalion and elements of Multinational Joint Task Force on fighting patrol also eliminated three terrorists at Mayankari on Monday.
According to him, while others escaped with gunshot wounds, three AK 47 rifles, one solar panel and one improvised explosive device making equipment were recovered.
“The troops thereafter destroyed their hideout after the encounter and exploited the general area in search of the escaped criminals,“ he added.