Troops capture armoured tank, gun truck from fleeing Boko Haram insurgents

By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos

Troops attacked to 25 Task Force Brigade, 7 Division Nigerian Army operating under the banner of Operation LAFIYA DOLE have recovered vehicles, arms and ammunition from fleeing insurgent members in Borno State.

A statement issued by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Sani Usman on Wednesday stated that the feat was achieved during clearance operation at Dulsa and Buk, Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.

General Usman stated that the troop captured the equipment after they were engaged by members of the sect at Dulsa town on Wednesday.

“At Dulsa this morning, the troops cleared the hideout of the terrorists during which they neutralized 6 Boko Haram terrorists, recovered 1 Light Machine Gun, 2 Rocket Propelled Grenade Tubes and 1 Extra Anti-Aircraft Gun Barrel.

“The troops also encountered Boko Haram terrorists camp at Buk where they were engaged by the terrorists.

“During the encounter, the troops neutralized 35 of the Boko Haram terrorists and wounded several others. They also made an unprecedented recovery.” Usman wrote.

He added that some of the items recovered from the insurgents include 9 AK-47 rifles, 3 Fabrique Nationale rifles, 2 Rocket Propelled Grenade Bombs, 1 Mortar Tube, 1 Shilka, 1 Gun truck mounted with Anti-Aircraft Gun and 2 Hilux vehicles.

He stated that “Unfortunately however, 3 soldiers paid the supreme price, while 5 others were wounded in action. Similarly, 1 Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected vehicle belonging to the Brigade was badly damaged. The bodies of the late soldiers and those that sustained injuries have since been evacuated.”

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