Terrorism: Army Acquires Hi-Tech Mine Clearing Equipment
The Nigerian Army said yesterday that it had deployed its newly-acquired hi-tech mine clearing equipment in the ongoing military operation against Boko Haram in the North East.
Recall that because of the planting of mines in the Sambisa Forest and several other areas of battle, many Nigerian troops have met their untimely death in the hands of terrorists.
The deployment of the new equipment occurred just as Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, inspected military hardware recently deployed to the Operation Lafiya Dole theatre Command as the military pushes towards final defeat of Boko Haram insurgency in the North-east.
Acting Director Army Public Relation, Col. Sani Usman, in a statement on update of the counter-insurgency, said other supporting weapons and ammunition had also been launched in the ongoing operations across the area.
He said the commissioned equipment were the first mine clearing machine in the inventory of the Nigerian Army and among the best in the world.
Col. Usman disclosed that the introduction of new equipment for the northeast operation had begun to yield results noting that Nigerian troops in joint operation with their Cameroonian counterparts had destroyed many of the insurgents’ hideouts around Bank-Kumashe axis.
He said several suspected insurgents were killed in the particular operation while different kinds of items were recovered.
Continuing he said the joint operation between elements of 7 Division and the Cameroonian forces along Banki-Kumshe axis, led to the killing of 20 Boko Haram terrorists, destruction of 4 AK 47 rifles and capture of a gun truck mounted with an Anti-Aircraft Gun (AA Gun) and 2 AK 47 rifles, as well as a 60mm mortar and a Dane gun.
He however lamented that three soldiers sustained injuries and a vehicle damaged as a result of an Improvised Explosive Device, IED. Usman added that 150 persons, mainly children, were rescued at Kodo community in Borno by troops in the ongoing offensive against the insurgents.
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