Nigerian Troops Kill Scores Of Boko Haram Fighters On N'East Dikwa-Maiduguri Road


Nigerian troops in counter-terrorism operations in the north-east have increased the tempo of their offensive, killing some suspected terrorists and recovering some ammunitions in a combat operation along Dikwa-Maiduguri Road in Borno State.
The heightened attack that yielded the result, according to Channels TV, came after the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, directed the troops not to wait for the Boko Haram terrorists to attack but to take the battle to the insurgents’ hideout.
Major General Buratai gave the order while renaming the counter-insurgency operation to “Operaton Zaman Lafiya Dole”.
Through a combined operation involving the ground troops and Air Force, the Nigerian military attacked the terrorists who could not escape during the encounter.
Some of the items recovered from the terrorists included vehicles heavily laden with Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDs), motorcycles, trucks mounted with Anti-Aircraft Guns, Anti-Aircraft Gun, General Purpose Machine, Gunbox of Anti-Aircraft Gun Ammunition and Rifles.
The spokesperson of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sani Usman Kukasheka, confirmed the recent military operations against the terrorists.
Although he did not give the number of suspected terrorists killed, he said that the operation had been very successful, as the terrorists were on the run.
He said in one of the recent operations, the military attacked terrorists’ logistics base where IED was planted, with connected wires traced to a kingpin’s residence.
“Due to recent concerted efforts, roads and towns hitherto being held by Boko Haram terrorists and laced with mines such as Biu-Buni Yadi-Damaturu and Biu-Sabon Gari-Damboa roads were liberated and cleared of mines and made safe for public usage,” he said.
Also online blog, Premium Times quoted PRNigeria, an organisation that circulates statements for Nigerian security agencies who also confirmed the reports adding that the Nigerian troops have increased the tempo of their onslaught against terrorists in the area.

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