Rescue 1,275 hostages as NAF jets pound terrorists’ logistics base
Senator Iroegbu in Abuja
The Nigerian military in collaboration with Camerounian forces, has inflicted heavy losses on Boko Haram terrorists, killing three of their Commanders and 22 fighters.
This is coming as the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) F-7NI jet pounded the terrorists logistic base in Kangarawa, Borno State.
The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, in a statement, said troops of 152 and 155 Task Force Battalions at Operation Lafiya Dole in conjunction with troops of Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) from Cameroun, conducted a massive joint clearance operation of suspected Boko Haram terrorists on Monday, along Nigeria-Cameroun borders.
According Usman, the joint force in “unprecedented clearance operation swept through over 10 suspected Boko Haram terrorists hideouts along the border in which they killed 22 terrorists, arrested three Ameers (commanders) and rescued abducted persons.”
During the operation, he said the troops cleared Nbaga, Bula, Dabube, Ybiri, Greya and Suduwa towns and other adjoining settlements.
“The towns and settlements were occupied by suspected fleeing Boko Haram terrorists who escaped from villages previously cleared by troops of the Nigerian Army. The apprehended terrorists commanders included Lawal Abba, Mallam Hisna and Mallam Gana in Shatte, Bulla Jaja and Bula Burra towns,” he disclosed.
The army spokesman said the “troops also rescued 1,275 persons held hostage by the terrorists,” adding that “the rescued persons are being administered and screened by 152 Taskforce Battalion pending onward movement to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp.”
He expressed satisfaction at the operation, saying that it “was a huge success as there was no casualty or injury on the troops.”
In a related development, the NAF had in continuation of its employment of airpower to decimate the capability of the insurgents, successfully taken off another logistics base belonging to the Boko Haram.
The Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), NAF, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, said the latest air strike was carried out on Monday by NAF F-7Ni fighter aircraft against the insurgents’ location at Kangarawa in Northern part of Borno State.
According Famuyiwa, the scale of accompanying inferno and multi explosions, as seen from the footage of the air strike, suggested that the location possibly housed a fuel or ammunition dump.
The strike, he noted, constituted another major setback for the insurgents, while providing tangible evidence of many of the recent successes recorded by the air component of the Operation Lafiya Dole.