Olayemi Esan, Abuja
The Chief of Army Staff Major General Ibrahim Attahiru has commended the troops of Sector1 and 402 Special Forces Brigade of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, for re-capturing New Marte from from the Boko Haram/ISWAP Terrorists on Tuesday afternoon re-
Military Spokesperson Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima said in a statement on Tuesday said, COAS also urged troops to keep up the momentum, pursue the terrorists and smoke them out of their hideouts and enclaves.
Revealing how the troops recaptured the territories, Yerima said, the operations to free the town from the grip of terrorist was clinical even though it met a lot of resistance from the criminals who implanted several Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) along the troops’ axis of advance, especially on the fringes of New Marte.
He explained further that the troops moved in professionally and safely detonated all IEDs implanted by the terrorists.
Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima also added that at the fringes of New Marte, troops encountered very stiff resistance from the terrorists who took vantage positions including on tree-tops.
"However with superior fire power, acting professionally and decisively, the gallant troops destroyed the terrorists’ resistance and dealt a decisive blow on their positions and inflicted heavy casualty on the criminals" he said.
Yerima said 14 of the terrorists were neutralized while two gun trucks and Vehicle-Born Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) were destroyed and several high calibres of arms, ammunition and other equipment were captured.
Recall that the Chief of Army Staff, Maj Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, had on Sunday 21 February 2021 visited Dikwa and gave the troops marching orders to re-capture New Marte within 48 hours.
"The gallant troops immediately mobilized and commenced advance to the objective culminating in the successful recapture of New Marte today" he said.