BHT: Troops kill 63 terrorists; rescues 370 hostages.
The Theater Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Hassan Umoru has disclosed that Nigerian troops have killed 63 Boko Haram terrorists and intercepted suicide bombers within this week alone.
The Theater Commander stated this just as he announced that during the operation ‘our troops came in contact with Boko Haram terrorist at Kudiye and Mijigete where 370 hostages were rescued and brought to IDP camp in Dikwa and 3 rifles and 41 motorcycles were destroyed.”
Making the disclosure Friday at a media briefing in Maiduguri, the Theater Commander who was represented by his Deputy Commander, Major General Lucky Irabor, said that the troops had also recovered many AK47 rifles, ammunition, Anti-Aircraft Gun, RPG, GMPG, IEDs, vehicles and motorcycles among other items from the terorists.
General Umoru said, “Our troops conducted a fighting patrol at Afe, Kudiye, Souma, Dikwa Mijigeta, Mida villages of Borno state.
A statement signed by Col. Sani Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations said, “The troops also cleared some Boko Haram hideouts in Wala, Tirkopytir and Durubajuwe in Gwoza local government area, where they recovered GMPG, locally made Dane gun and a grinding machine.
“In Huyum in Askira/Uba Local Government Area, the terrorists sighting troops abandoned their families behind which include five women and 12 children and were currently undergoing interrogation
“On suicide bombers, the commander stated that the troops also intercepted three suspected suicide bombers trying to infiltrate Maiduguri, along Maiduguri Mafa checkpoint of Borno State.
“He said two female suicide bombers detonated the explosive which killed them instantly, while the male suicide bomber was immediately gun down while trying run into the troop at the checkpoint.
“General Hassan Umoru commended the efforts of the troops and renewed call for the troops and the public to be more vigilant and security conscious at all times, especially at checkpoints, worship centre, markets, motor parks and schools.
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