Several Boko Haram members were killed and weapons recovered in an attempted attack on Damaturu, Yobe State capital during an encounter between troops and terrorists, Army has said.
Acting Assistant Director, Army Public Relations Sector 2 Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Mr. Njoka Irabor, who confirmed the attack in a statement said, several insurgents were killed and many items recovered from them including two gun trucks, rifles, Anti Aircraft guns among others.
Lt. Irabor who described the operation as successful noted that the superior firepower of the land troops, with support of the Air Component of Operation Lafiya Dole overpowered the terrorists who suffered heavy casualty.
His statement reads;
“Following credible information of planned efforts by Boko Haram terrorists to attack Damaturu, troops of Sector 2, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, successfully laid an ambush which led to the extermination of many Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs), that attempted to attack Damaturu, Yobe State at about 5:15 pm, today Tuesday the 9th of April 2019.
“The vigilant troops effectively ambushed the criminals few metres ahead of Maisandari community at the outskirts of the city of Damaturu.
“The terrorists were overwhelmed by the superior firepower of the gallant troops and the well-coordinated air support, from the Air Component of Operation LAFIYA DOLE.
“Consequently, many terrorists met their Waterloo, some were also wounded and the following items/equipment were recovered;
a. 2 x Gun Trucks
b. 2x Anti Aircraft Guns
c. 1 x 60 Millimetre Mortar
d. 4 x AK 47 Rifles
e. 1x General Purpose Machine Gun
f. 1,245 Rounds of 7.62 mm (NATO)
“Troops have embarked on hot pursuit of the fleeing terrorists, mop up/combing of the general area is ongoing.
“Further details and possible recoveries would be provided on completion of the mop up operations”.