Barely 24 hours after the Nigerian army troops crushed some marauding Boko Haram criminal elements in Mallam Fatori, Borno state, as the army records yet another victory against the remnants of Boko Haram/ISWAP in the area.
In a statement by the Nigerian Army media coordinator Colonel Aminu Iliyasu , the victory was as a result of defeat by the troop of 64 and 98 Task Force Battalions and elements of the Armed Forces Special Forces Battalion against the insurgents when they carried out another attack on the them in the early hours of Friday 15th of November 2019.
Iliyasu in the statement said, “In their swift and highly coordinated response, the gallant and relentless troops at the location once again brought their resilience, bold action and superior fire power/lethality to bear on the criminal insurgents as they handed them another crushing defeat”.
“At the end of this particular encounter, one Boko Haram Gun Truck was completely burnt along with 3 of the criminal insurgents that were trapped in it”.
“Apparently, the vehicle was gutted by fire as a result of the high volume of fire delivered by the troops”.
He further said, 2 of the Boko Haram criminal elements were equally neutralised during the ensuing gun battle between the troops and the criminal insurgents.
Iliyasu further noted that some of the equipment captured from the criminal insurgents during this futile mission include one Anti-Aircraft Gun, one Anti-Aircraft Gun barrel, 8 AK 47 Riffles, one Rocket Propelled Gun tube, 3 AK 47 magazines, one bandolier, 2 rounds of Anti-Aircraft Gun ammunition and one Rocket Propelled Grenade bomb.
“Subsequently, the Air Task Force, Operation LAFIYA DOLE went on the trail of the routed remnants of the insurgents to ensure their total obliteration.
Regrettably, 2 gallant soldiers sustained gunshot wounds during this encounter. Both of them have already been stabilized and are already responding positively to treatment at a military hospital”.
The statement further added that 2 gallant soldiers sustained gunshot wounds during this encounter, as both are stabilized and responding positively to treatment at a military hospital.
Recall that on 13th November 2019, some marauding Boko Haram criminal elements attempted to infiltrate the troops’ location by launching an unsuccessful attack with Person Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (PBIEDs), Gun Trucks, Rocket Propelled Guns and other small arms but were liqudated having been made to suffer very high casualties in both men and equipment.