By Umar Salam.
The Nigerian Army on Sunday said its troops have killed no fewer than 105 Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists, after repelling an attempted attack on Buni Gari community in Yobe State.
According to a statement issued by the Ag. Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, the offensive was launched by soldiers attached to Operation Lafiya Dole.
This comes in the wake of the relocation of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai to the North East, to supervise and coordinate the theatre of operation in the region.
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 neutralized. 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.”
In a separate statement, the Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, disclosed that scores of bandits were recently killed in Kurechi and Qurzan Maikuka communities in Dutsin-Ma local government area of Katsina State.
Enenche stated that, “The Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji inflicted further damage on the bandits in Katsina State by disrupting their attack on inhabitants of Kurechi and Qurzan Maikuka villages.”
He added, “This occurred when a NAF Agusta 109E helicopter was redirected to Kurechi and Qurzan Maikuka following reports of a bandits’ attack on civilians at the two communities. The helicopter engaged the bandits and neutralised some of them.”