The Nigerian Army says that a total of 105 Boko Haram/Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists were killed during “aggressive follow up/exploitation operation” by troops of Sector 2, Operation LAFIYA DOLE (OPLD) in Bunu Gari, Northeast Nigeria.
Commander, Sector 2 OPLD, Brigadier General Lawrence Araba told Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, and his entourage on Sunday that the recent success was as a result of intelligence report which revealed plan by Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists to attack the village.
A statement by Army Spokesperson, Colonel Sagir Musa, on Sunday afternoon quoted the Commander as saying that, “based on intelligence received about the plan by the terrorists to attack Buni Gari, our troops swiftly intercepted and engaged the criminals in fierce battle that led to the killing of 105 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists as well as the capture of several arms and ammunition from the criminals.
“Initial situation report reported that 10 terrorists were Neutralized. However, following exploitation by our troops, a total of 105 Boko Haram/ISWAP Criminals are comfirmed to have met their waterloo as a result of the encounter and some of the pictures are here for you to see Sir.”
The Commander further disclosed that items captured from the terrorists include five (5) AK-47 Rifles, three (3) GPMG, one (1) Duska Anti-Aircraft Gun, one (1) PKT Gun, two (2) handheld radio, while one (1) terrorists’ gun truck was destroyed.
He added that several ammunition and ammunition links, two (2) hand grenades, two (2) magazines with ammunition and assorted hard drugs were captured.
All the seized arms and ammunition as well as the other items were inspected by the Chief of Army Staff who assured the troops of necessary support while urging them to upscale the momentum to ensure the defeat of terrorism very soon.
Consequently, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai, applauded the troops for their gallantry and resilience that led to the killing of the 105 terrorists at Buni Gari in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe state on Saturday the 18th of April 2020.
Buratai also visited the injured troops at the Field Ambulance Logistics Base 3 Damaturu and Special Forces’ School in Buni Yadi on Sunday.
Gen Buratai visited two officers that were wounded in action during the Buni Gari encounter and other soldiers already on admission at the medical facility in Damaturu before proceeding to the Special Forces’ School in Buni Yadi where he and his entourage were briefed on the incident by the Commander, Sector 2 OPLD, General Araba.