- Explosive set by Boko Haram terrorists has been detonated by the Nigerian army
- The IED was said to have been set by some escaping Boko Haram terrorists in wait for the advancing troops
- As the troops approached, the terrorists were said to have fled when they could not withstand the intense gunfight
The Nigerian army is unrelenting in its fight against Boko Haram as its latest operation resulted in victory against the terrorists.
In a statement by Major Nureni Alimi who is the assistant director army public relations, he said the terrorists left an IED-laden vehicle in wait but the troop was able to detonate it.
He said another set of fleeing terrorists were dealt heavy blow in Goniri.
Read the statement below:
"Following the heat of the ongoing Operation DEEP PUNCH II by troops of OperationLAFIYA DOLE, the troops of 120 Battalion, Goniri, and subunits of Defence Companies under the 27 Task Force Brigade Garrison, Buni Yadi, Yobe State, have intercepted and detonated a vehicle borne Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) in a Golf Wagon car that some escaping Boko Haram terrorists laid in wait for the advancing troops today, Wednesday 14th February 2018.
Intelligent report earlier revealed that some escaping terrorists were habouring in some communities close to the Brigade. On the approach of the troops towards their hideout, the fleeing terrorists lying in wait were unable to withstand the heavy fire power of the troops. They quickly set the IED laden vehicle and fled the scene, having laid a number of IEDs in wait for the troops. The gallant troops were able to detonate the vehicle, detected and detonated other explosives laid for them.
It would be recalled that some fleeing Boko Haram terrorists met their waterloo recently while trying to escape through 120 Battalion blocking position in Goniri. The desperate terrorists were severely dealt with by the gallant troops.
In the same vein, the main body of the battalion who earlier moved for clearance operations to block the fleeing terrorists along the border communities of Yobe and Borno States made tremendous success. Several camps of the terrorists were destroyed.
Their fuel dump was discovered and destroyed. The troops also recovered several items such as special IED tube, 3 bicycles and Boko Haram terrorists flag. Other terrorist hideouts destroyed during the clearance operation include Ajingi, Talala, Malunti, in Borno State and Doksa 1, 2 and 3, in Yobe State.
Meanwhile, the morale of the troops remains very high as they continued with their clearance operations, patrols and on maximum alert to intercept any fleeing Boko Haram terrorists in the region.
You are please requested to disseminate this information to the general public through your medium."
Meanwhile, the Nigerian army says Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, is currently on the run.
The army made the claim in a statement sent to NAIJ.com on Tuesday, February 13, by the director army public relations, Brigadier-General Sani Usman.
The army stated that credible information from arrested and surrendered insurgents suggests that Shekau has abandoned his followers and is currently running for his dear life.
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