Following the decisive and crushing defeat inflicted on scores of marauding Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists who on Wednesday attempted to infiltrate the facility of the 25 Task Force Brigade in Damboa, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has congratulated troops of Operation Lafiya Dole for their gallantry and doggedness.
Cache of arms recovered from the terrorists.
He gave the congratulation even as the casualty figure on the part of the terrorists has risen to 19 dead, with several of them escaping into the bush with bullet wounds while 5 AK 47 rifles, one GPMG and one Rocket Propelled Gun Tube were captured.
The army however confirmed that three soldiers paid the supreme sacrifice during the heavy confrontation, with 4 others sustaining injuries.
Giving an update of the operation, Col Aminu Iliyasu, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations said, “A misguided attempt by some criminal Boko Haram elements to attack the troops of 25 Task Force Brigade (Army Super Camp 2) located in Damboa LGA of Borno State has met a crushing defeat in the hands of the resilient troops.
“The marauding criminals mounted on Gun Trucks and with a number of their foot soldiers attempted to infiltrate the troops’ location from three different fronts in the early hours of 4 March 2020.
“The troops responded swiftly, bringing to bear superior fire power against the criminals in conjunction with the Air Task Force Operation Lafiya Dole.
“The encounter which lasted over an hour witnessed one of the most debilitating defeats of the Boko Haram criminals in a single encounter since the turn of the year.
“So far, 19 Boko Haram criminals’ corpses have been recovered while many more were observed escaping with various degrees of gunshot wounds by the troops who are on vigorous exploitation of their initial success along the criminals’ withdrawal route.
“Interestingly, the gallant troops captured from the Boko Haram criminals 5 AK 47 Rifles, one General Purpose Machine Gun and one Rocket Propelled Gun tube.
“Regrettably, 3 valiant soldiers paid the supreme prize while 4 others were wounded in action.
“However, the wounded in action soldiers have been evacuated to a military medical facility for immediate and effective management.
“To this end, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai hereby congratulates the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole for their decisive victory against the enemies of our country.
“He further urges them to remain steadfast, loyal and resolute in the discharge of their professional responsibilities.
“He further reassures the residents of Damboa and indeed the North East at large of the unflinching resolve of troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in protecting the lives and properties of all law – abiding citizens.”
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