The Nigerian military on Wednesday, August 19, said it killed scores of terrorists fleeing Sambisa forest, a heinous Boko Haram’s den.
Army spokesperson Sani Usman said troops of 26 Task Force Brigade in Gwoza, Borno state, engaged some of these terrorists following a continued aerial bombardment by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).
Usman said: “The fleeing terrorists in 7 pick-up vans and some motorcycles mounted with assorted weapons such as rocket propelled grenades and anti-aircraft guns were decisively dealt with, killing quite a number of them.”
He added that the troops also destroyed some of the terrorists’ vehicles, weapons and motorcycles.
Among the items recovered are: a vehicle, one motorcycle, two AK-47 rifles and large quantities of 7.62mm NATO and 12.7mm ammunition.
Since the establishment of the Operation Lafiya Dole, meaning ‘peace at all cost’, the Nigerian military have intensified its battle against terrorists operating in several locations in the North East, dislodging many.
The troops have also succeeded in the rescue of many victims – men, women and children – held under the captivity of the terrorist group.
Meanwhile, over the weekend, the NAF bombarded the bunkers of Boko Haram insurgents in Sambisa forest, the notorious hideout of the terrorists.
The massive bombardment of the area was carried out in compliance with President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent order to the service chiefs to end Boko Haram in three months.
The operation was launched with the use of the newly-deployed aircraft. The director of air force public relations, Dele Alonge, informed Nigerians that the mission resulted in “the degradation of the terrorist’s capabilities and destruction of some of their strong holds.”