The Defence Headquarters on Tuesday, 26th January, 2021 confirmed the elimination of 8 Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals in their enclaves at Chindila town in Yobe State and Mayankari in Borno state respectively.
Acting Director Defence Media Operations (DMO), Brig. Gen. Onyeuko disclosed this in a statement issued on Tuesday.
Onyeuko said, the clearance operations was conducted by the troops of Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO in the affected states had also destroyed terrorists’ enclaves and recovered firearms.
He added that “On 25 January 2021 at about 1pm, the gallant troops of 233 Bn located at Babangida on an aggressive clearance patrol made contact with Boko Haram criminals at Chindila village.
“The troops engaged the terrorists with fierce volume of fire and neutralized 5 of them in the process while some escaped with gunshots wounds.
“Items recovered include; 3 x AK 47 Rifles, quantity 5 x Magazines,17 Rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, he said.
He said, “The gallant troops are in pursuit of the enemies and have continued to dominate the general area.”
“In another development, on 25 Jnauary 2021 at about 4pm troops of 151 Bn, 202 Bn and elements of Multinational Joint Task Force on fighting patrol made contact with some Boko Haram marauding criminals at Mayankari.
Brig. Gen. Onyeuko said, “In a swift and aggressive response engaged the terrorists with heavy gunfire and the process neutralized 3 Boko Haram criminals while others escaped with gunshot wounds. Items recovered include: 3 x AK 47 Rifles, 1 x Solar panel and 1 x Improvised Explosive Device making equipment.
He said, “The troops thereafter destroyed their hideout after the encounter and exploiting the general area in search of the escaped criminals.
“The continuous successes recorded by the gallant troops of Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO against the Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province main hideouts where they plot and carry out their evil acts against civilian targets is an indication of their capitulation and the end of all criminal elements within the North East.”