By Sadiq Umar – Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole and the Cameroonian Defence Forces, say it has killed not less than 35 Boko Haram terrorists in a clearance operation around Lake Chad.
The troops bombarded the Boko Haram enclaves at Kusha-Kucha, Surdewala, Alkanerik, Magdewerne and Mayen villages, killing not less than 35 insurgents.
Onyema Nwachukwu, a Colonel and Deputy Director Public Relations Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole said it was part of efforts to clear Boko Haram insurgents from enclaves in the northern fringes of the Lake Chad Islands and the Sambisa region.
Mr. Nwachukwu in a statement said gallant troops killed 33 Boko Haram insurgents and destroyed 15 locally fabricated rifles captured from them in a fierce offensive move..
The troops also destroyed 4 Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), several motorcycles and bicycles belonging to the insurgents. 603 civilians held hostage by the insurgents were also rescued and conveyed to Bäma and Pulka towns, where they are currently being profiled before subsequent handover to IDP camp officials,” it said in a statement.
The statement read, “Relatedly, as the clearance operations progressed, the combined troops tracked the insurgents to Bokko, Daushe and Gava villages, where they unleashed another attack on the fleeing insurgents, killing 2 of them in the fire fight and recovering one AK 47 rifle, a magazine, a trolley and unspecified quantity of premium motor spirit in Jerry cans. The troops also extricated 194 civilians held captive by the insurgents and destroyed makeshift accommodations erected by the insurgents.
Additionally, the combined troops successfully cleared Miyanti and Wudila villages, where they rescued 3 men, 121 women and 209 children. The rescued persons are undergoing profiling, preparatory to their handover to appropriate IDP camps.
“Troops carrying out clearance operations from the Sabil Huda axis of the Sambisa forest have recovered a cache of arms and tools from Boko Haram insurgents’ enclave in the Sabil Huda area of the Sambisa.
“The munitions recovered include 3 Browny Machine Guns, two 81mm Mortar tubes, one 81mm Mortar tripod, one 60 mm Commando Mortar tube, twelve 40mm AGL cartridge , 5 AK 47 rifles ,1 sniper rifle, 3 Pistols with one magazine loaded with four 9mm rounds, one damaged pump action rifle, 2 damaged G3 rifles, 1 Tear gas riflel, 2 Sub Machine Guns, 5 xG3 Magazines, 4 locally made rockets, 28 working parts of various weapons, 28 barrels of various weapons, 3 Browny Machine Gun bipods , 2 Anti Aircraft Gun Barrels, 12 Anti Aircraft Gun tripods, 8 Tool boxes, one welding machine, one Hayab crane, Assorted ammunition links, one packet of electrode and one power generator.
“Troops remain highly motivated in continuing with the operations to locate and clear Boko Haram insurgents from their hideouts”By Sadiq Umar –