By Ismail Auwal
Scores of Boko Haram (BH) and the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists have been annihilated by the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) of Nigeria’s Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK).
The operation was carried out by the Joint Task Force’s Land and Air Components in an encounter at Forward Operating Base, Gajiram Nganzai Local Government Area, Borno State.
Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu Dole, Director Army Public Relations, stated this in a statement issued on Sunday in Ndjamena.
According to the statement “The vigilant troops of Sector 3 Operation HADIN KAI supported by the Nigerian Air Force component, brought devastating volume of fire on the terrorists, while attempting to infiltrate the Forward Operating Base using Gun trucks and several other weapons.”
The terrorists, having suffered several human and equipment casualties at the time of this report, retreated in disarray.
“The gallant troops, who are currently exploiting the withdrawal route of the fleeing terrorists, have so far recovered 10 AK 47 riffles, one Anti Aircraft Gun, one Shilka barrel, one 60mm Mortar tube, and 61 rounds of PKT riffle ammunition amongst others.”
“Several charred remains of the terrorists were also uncovered along the route,” the statement reads.
Dole noted that two gallant soldiers paid the supreme price during the encounter.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya has urged the troops to aggressively maintain the momentum of the pursuit, until the remnants of the fleeing terrorists are destroyed.