By Ndahi Marama, with agency reports
MAIDUGURI— NIGERIAN troops assisted by Civilian JTF on patrol at clearing remnants of Boko Haram terrorists at Ngula and Kukuruk villages in Alagarno general area, discovered and destroyed a perceived Boko Haram administrative base.
The troops made up of 156 Task Force Battalion and 29 Task Force Brigade, engaged Boko Haram terrorists in a gun battle that lasted hours, following which some terrorists escaped with gunshot injuries.
Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations, in an email message to Vanguard said the troops made startling discovery in the area, as they found out that it served as the terrorists’ administration and harbour area, field hospital and Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, making factory.
According to him, “the troops recovered the following items at the base: six motorcycles, two bicycles, four machine gun mounts, one power generating set, three Armoured Personnel Carriers, APCs, among others.
Meanwhile, the Theatre Commander of the ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’ Major General Lucky Irabor, has said only two soldiers were killed and few others injured while quiet a number of the insurgents were killed and their hideouts destroyed in the last one week when troops embarked on operation crackdown, in the Sambisa forest,
This came as Boko Haram insurgents, yesterday, attacked troops in Borno State with anti-aircraft guns.
Gen. Irabor, who spoke yesterday, noted that the morale of the troops was high as they continued advancing to the heart of Sambisa forest in search of elements of insurgents in their enclaves, rescuing over 300 hostages including two Cameroonians.