The Nigerian Army last night, said 21 suspected Boko Haram elements were killed in a fierce gun battle with troops of Operation Lafiya Dole operating in Borno State.
The Army, in a statement by its spokesman, Brigadier-General Sani Usman, added that the troops also rescued a total of 1, 623 people from the captivity of the insurgents. According to Usman the rescued captives were residents of Jawara in Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State. Usman confessed that the fighting troops had come under “heavy fire”, before the feat.
He said: “Troops of 3 Battalion, 22 Brigade Nigerian Army on Operation Lafiya Dole, assisted by 10 Civilian JTF based on information received, today, Monday 16th April 2017, embarked on an offensive on suspected location of Boko Haram terrorists at Jarawa general area, Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State. “While advancing, the troops came under heavy fire at Jarawa village.
The troops responded decisively and went further to clear Deima, Artano, Saduguma, Duve, Bardo, Kala, Bok, Msherde and Ahirde settlements. “During the operation, the troops neutralized 21 Boko Haram terrorists, rescued 1,623 residents of Jarawa who were held captives by the terrorists.
“They also recovered 3 AK-47 Rifles with registration numbers 565222414, 563729686 and UF 3646, a 36 Hand Grenade, 12 Cutlasses and 4 Motorcycles.” He added that: “The rescued persons have been escorted to Rann Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp, while all the children were vaccinated. “One significant aspect of this operation is that the unit noted for its experience in battle, resilience and bravery did not record any casualty.”