Troops of Nigerian Army 29 Task Force Brigade, Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD), deployed at Jakana, near Maiduguri on Sunday dealt a deadly blow on Boko Haram Terrorists at Mainok axis and Lambawa forest killing several of them while others ran for their lives with gun wounds.
A military source disclosed that the fierce battle took place at Lambawa forest and Mainok areas when the troops encountered an ambush by the criminals around Mainok – Jakana general area.
Recall that Jakana, a town located about 50km from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, has recently witnessed an increase in terrorists activities of which the resilient troops have been able to effectively repelled.
The encounter on Sunday evening came shortly after the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai, arrived at the 29 task force brigade camp on operational visit.
The source disclosed that credible intelligence had revealed a planned attack on soft targets and ambush by the terrorists around the area hence troops were at alert.
The troops carried out a counter ambush, went after the criminals at about 6pm and encountered them resulting in ain heavy gun battle and leading to the neutralization of a number of the terrorists.
He added that following the superior fire power of the troops, the terrorists fighters were forced to retreat in disarray causing many of them to be eliminated in the process.
After the encounter, One terrorist was captured alive by the troops, four gun trucks, a BMG, 1 GPMG, 9 AK 47 rifles and some DSHK guns and assorted weapons were also recovered after the heavy fight.
Unfortunately, one soldier paid the ultimate price, while two others were wounded.
The wounded, who are in stable condition have since been evacuated to 7 Division medical facility for medical attention.
The Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists have recently intensified ambush attacks along the Maiduguri – Damaturu road.
Some of the soldiers and motorists who have encountered the terrorists on several occasions disclosed that the terrorists usually came out by disguising themselves in military-like trucks or police patrol vehicles.
The source also disclosed that the troops not withstanding, have been able to word off the ambushes and sudden attacks on many occasions.
They also added that several attempts have also been made by the terrorists to overrun the camps at Jakana and Mainok areas but could not succeed.
Some soldiers who spoke on the encounter said”They are ready for the criminals any day, any time and we will go after them where ever we find them.”
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