By; Jacob Onjewu Dickson, Abuja.
The Nigerian Army in consolidating on recent successes recorded against the terrorist group Boko Haram, has launched a new mine clearing equipment.
This was disclosed in a statement made available Wednesday night, signed by the acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman.
According to the statement, the Army is maintaining a steady tempo in the fight against the deadly group.
“The Army also launched new mine clearing equipment, weapons and their ammunitions. It is noteworthy, apart from being the first mine clearing machines in the inventory of the Nigerian Army, it is one of the best in the world.
“In line with the Chief of Army Staff’s directive for troops to maintain the momentum, today (Wednesday), troops of 7 Division have carried out major operations against the Boko Haram terrorists locations in Talala and Kumshe axis.
“The joint operation which was carried out with Cameroonian forces was quite successful as a number of the terrorists were killed, some of their weapons and equipment either destroyed or captured,” it said.
The joint operation between elements of 7 Division and the Cameroonian Forces along Banki-Kumshe axis, led to the killing of 20 Boko Haram terrorists, destruction of four AK 47 rifles and capture of a gun truck mounted with an Anti-Aircraft Gun (AA Gun) and two AK 47 rifles, as well as a 60mm mortar and a Dane gun.
“Unfortunately, three soldiers sustained injuries and a vehicle damaged as a result of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Troops also encountered about 10 other IEDs along the route of advance which were cleared. Most of the terrorists ran in disarray towards Fatake where troops on blocking position cleared them.
“Along the Talala axis despite an IED in which 1 soldier was wounded and a damaged vehicle, the operation is progressing very well. More so as the Nigerian Air Force has been assisting with interdiction and surveillance.
“Troops at Kodo rescued 150 persons who were mainly children. In addition, a house with Boko Haram terrorists’ flag at Fatake caught fire with several ammunitions explosions in which 3 Boko Haram terrorists were killed.
‘It is important to state that 5 Brigade and 7 Multinational Joint Task Force were doing very well in their respective area of operations. This is made possible by the steady supply of needed logistics into the various formations and units fighting the Boko Haram terrorists.
In a related development, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, has once again personally commended the troops for their impressive performance thus far. He made the commendation shortly after a briefing by the Deputy Theatre Commander and also the Land Component Commander, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Major General LEO Irabor and the General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Brigadier General VO Ezugwu at the Theatre Command, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Maiduguri.
The Chief of Army Staff was in Maiduguri on official visit to formations and units in the North East. He was accompanied by the Chief of Training and Operations, Major General Y.M. Abubakar and other senior officers from the Army Headquarters.
“It is pertinent to state that in all the formations and units visited, troops morale remains high, focused and determined to bring the fight against terrorism and insurgency to a logical and successful end,” it concluded.