Troops kill 105 Boko Haram fighters in Yobe – Army

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The Army Headquarters, in Abuja, has claimed that no fewer than 105 Boko Haram and Islamic State West African Province terrorists were shot dead by troops attached to Operation LAFIYA DOLE after the insurgents attempted to attack Buni Gari community in Yobe State.

The troops of Sector 2, Operation LAFIYA DOLE carried out the ‘clearance’ when they encountered the terrorists, on Saturday.

This was just as troops on Operation HADARIN DAJI also reportedly killed scores of bandits in Kurechi and Qurzan Maikuka communities in the Dutsin-Ma Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Confirming the killings, in a statement issued, on Sunday, Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, added that the Chief of the Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, commended the troops for their gallantry.

Gen. Buratai had been in the North East theatre of operation since April 10 after there was perceived resurgence in the attacks being carried out by the terrorists on Borno State communities particularly.

The Army said that, on Sunday, the Sector 2 Commander, Brig. Gen. Lawrence Araba, briefed Gen. Buratai on the Buni Gari operation and the number of terrorists that were neutralised.

The Army spokesman said, “Following aggressive follow-up and exploitation operation carried out by troops of Sector 2, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, it is now confirmed that a total of 105 Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists were neutralised during the Buni Gari encounter.

“Initial situation report reported that 10 terrorists were neutralised. However, following exploitation by our troops, 105 Boko Haram and ISWAP criminals are confirmed to have met their waterloo as a result of the encounter.”
~The Nigerian Xpress

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