Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have made a major breakthrough in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists in the north-eastern part of Nigeria with a major clearance of the Sambisa forest and recovery of arms and military vehicles.
Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, the deputy director of public relations, Theatre Command of the Operation Lafiya Dole, said the clearance operation was carried out within the large expanse of the Sambisa forest “as part of the ongoing Operation Deep Punch II.”
The statement by Nwachukwu added: “It is in this vein that they (the troops) dislodged Boko Haram terrorists from one of their highly fortified hide outs at around S-Shape part of the Sambisa forest.
“The location was also believed to be one of their prized location.
“However, during a fierce offensive which was supported by Nigerian Air Force, against the terrorists on Monday 12th February 2018, the resilient troops neutralized quite a number of Boko Haram terrorists and captured major armaments, including two Spartan Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC), one canter truck and one laptop computer belonging to the insurgents.
“The gallant troops also destroyed eight gun trucks, several makeshift accommodation and tents. Similarly, the troops rescued 19 women and 27 children from the erstwhile terrorists enclave.
“The highly motivated troops remain dauntless as the operation continues.”
NAIJ.com earlier reported that an artillery gun belonging to Boko Haram terrorists which was discovered in the vicinity of Sambisa, was destroyed by a Nigerian Air Force remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) on Tuesday, February 6.
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The development was made public by Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, director of public relations and information, Nigerian Air Force.
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