The troops of Multinational Joint Taskforce (MNJTF) Sector 4 Diffa in Niger Republic have killed 43 recalcitrant Boko Haram/ ISWAP terorists after displaying uncommon acts of gallantry and bravery when their location was attacked.
MNJTF in a statement by Col Mohammed Dole, Chief of Public Military Information said the troops of the Sector deployed in Baroua came under heavy attack by suspected BHT/ISWAP criminals in the small hours of Wednesday 25 August 2021.
It said, “The troops tactically canalized the criminals to their effective killing zone, brought heavy fire on them and neutralized scores of the terrorists, while others escaped with various degree of injuries.
“At the end of the encounter, a total of Forty-Three (43) dead bodies of BHT/ISWAP insurgents were scattered around the engagement areas.
“One terrorist suspected to be their leader was caught alive and large cache of arms, ammunitions were recovered and four enemy gun trucks were destroyed.
“Extremely regrettably however, seven gallant MNJTF soldiers paid the supreme sacrifice, while four other soldiers sustained varying degrees of injuries and are being treated in a military hospital.
“Coincidently, the Force Commander (FC), MNJTF, Major General Abdul Khalifah Ibrahim was in HQ Sector 4 Diffa on 25 August 2021 on the final leg of his familiarization and operational visit to the sectors.
“General Ibrahim commended the selfless sacrifice and act of gallantry, as demonstrated by the troops.
“While praying for the repose of the souls of the deceased soldiers whom he described as matyrs of freedom, he condoled the family of the deceased and wishes the wounded soldiers speedy recovery.
“While addressing the troops at the frontline location of Sector 4, alongside the Commander Sector 4, MNJTF, Col Mamane Sani Kiaou, General Ibrahim said, despite the ongoing waves of BHT/ISWAP terrorists surrender, MNJTF forces will continue to take the battle to all identified enclaves of the insurgents.
“He described the attacks as futile kicks of a dying horse.
“He further charged them to brace up, remain alert and deal decisively with remnants of the criminals around the fringes of the Lake Chad region.”
In a similar Benin, troops of Sector 2 Joint Task Force North East Operation Hadin Kai have foiled an attempted attack on Babangida town in Yobe State on Wednesday 25 August 2021 by Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists, prowling for logistics replenishment.
The criminals made futile effort to infiltrate the town, but were met with a fierce counter attack from the vigilant troops, forcing them to retreat in disarray.
In the counter attack, the gallant troops captured one gun truck, one Dushka Anti Aircraft Gun, two AK 47 rifles and unprimed Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) from the fleeing terrorists.
A statement by Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, Director, Army Public Relations said “Further exploitation by the troops is still ongoing”.
“The dogged troops have been commended by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya for their vigilance and swiftness in countering the attack”.
“He also encouraged them to remain focused and avoid any form of distraction from the terrorists, who are desperate to make face saving moves, having suffered enormous depletion in their ranks.
“Law-abiding people of Yobe State and North East in general, are assured of the Chief of Army Staff’s determination to finally rout the Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province terrorists from their hideouts.
“They are also encouraged to continue to avail troops with actionable information that would enhance speedy execution of ongoing Counter Terrorism Counter Insurgency operations in the region.”