Military Kills Several Boko Haram Terrorists, 3 Bandits, Arrest 4, Others in Benue and Sambisa Forest Area of Borno – DHQ
The Defence Headquarters says the air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole has neutralized...

The Defence Headquarters says the air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole has neutralized several terrorists at Njimia on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State.

Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

He said, the task force has recorded more successes in its air campaign against Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) in the North East of the Country.

Enenche said, the attack, which resulted in the neutralization of several BHTs as well as damage to their structures, was conducted after series of aerial surveillance missions showed uptick of activities in the settlement.

​He added that the Air Task Force dispatched an appropriate force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships to engage the location.

"The NAF attack aircraft delivered accurate hits in the target area resulting in the neutralization of several Boko Haram Terrorists" .

In the meantime, Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke in the early hours of 12 December 2020, raided some identified armed bandits hideouts at Tomatar Ugba and Kundi villages in Mbacher council ward of Katsina-Ala LGA of Benue State following actionable technical and human intelligence reports.

Enenche said, the gallant troops stormed the camps, engaged and overwhelmed the criminals with aggressive firepower, forcing them to flee in disarray.

"The undaunted troops however pursued the fleeing criminals and effectively neutralized 3 of them while several others fled with fatal gunshot injuries" , he said.

"Troops however successfully apprehended four of the fleeing bandits".

Items recovered are two locally made rifles, one locally made pistol, sixteen rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition.

Also, two motorcycles, three generators, two pairs of military camouflage uniforms, a large quantity of substances suspected to Indian Hemp, amongst other items.

Enenche also revealed that, the gallant troops are presently dominating the area with aggressive patrols and are equally on the trail of the fleeing bandits in order to locate and neutralize them.

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