Troops clears, recues 85 people, Kill 5 Boko Haram Terrorists at Lake Chad Fringes

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Troops of 7 Division Nigerian Army, Operation LAFIYA DOLE cleared Boko Haram insurgents, killing five and rescued eighty five people comprising of mostly women and children at the fringes of Lake Chad
A statement by Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director Army Public Relations said the troop were led by the General Officer Commanding of the Division, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu, and conducted a decisive clearance operation into the remnants of Boko Haram strategic hub town of Chukungudu on the southern fringes of the Lake Chad Region, northern parts of Borno State between Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November 2016.
“The maneuvering Brigade led by 3 Battalion of 22 Brigade, successfully cleared Geram, Bulankassa and Chukungudu believed to be the Boko Haram terrorists’ stronghold in that area.
“The gallant troops rescued 85 people, comprising of mostly women and children held hostage by insurgents.
“Similarly, they neutralized 5 Boko Haram terrorist fighters in a fierce encounter that made several of the terrorists ran into the Lake Chad waters.
“The troops recovered 4 rounds of Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) bombs, 1 Double Barrel Gun, 349  packets containing various rounds of ammunitions, 3 Magazines,  a link belt of machine gun ammunition and 1 AK-47 rifle magazine.
“During the clearance operations, the troops made spectacular discovery of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making factory at Geram. In the factory, they found several already primed suicide bombers’ vests. They also discovered well equipped motor vehicles and motorcycles’ workshop and spare parts warehouse at Chukungudu village.
“The troops recovered 3 vehicles and several newly acquired motorcycles”.
He added that unfortunately, a soldier died during the encounter.
“In line with Rules of Engagement, IED factory, vehicles and motorcycles were destroyed’ he explained.

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