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Nigerian Troops Eliminate Terrorists, Rescue Victims In North East

The Nigerian Defence Headquarters says the troops of ”Operation FireBall” have successfully eliminated eight members of Boko Haram in recent encounters in the Northeast.

Benard Onyeuko, Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, who is also a Brigadier General disclosed in a statement that the operations against the terrorists were carried under the ”Operation FireBall” which is a subsidiary of “Operation Lafiya Dole”.

The Operation Fireball, according to the Nigerian Army, is meant to wage offensives against Boko Haram terrorists and follow them to their camps and hideouts as a final onslaught against them.

Onyeuko disclosed that the troops also rescued a woman and three children as well as recovered a large cache of arms during the encounter across the theatre of operation.

He added that between November 7 and 8, the troops thwarted an attempt by Boko Haram/ISWAP to infiltrate Buni Gari town in Yobe State and killed five of the terrorists.

According to him, troops recovered one fabricated (VBL) Armoured Personnel Carrier, one Gun Truck, one NSVT Anti Aircraft Gun, one QJC Anti Aircraft Gun, one Rocket Propelled Grenade Tube, one PKT gun, one GPMG, one QJC Extra Barrel, six AK47 rifles, 311 rounds of 7.62mm NATO Ammunition from the encounter.

Onyeuko further stated that troops of 151 Task Force Battalion deployed at Miyanti in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State, destroyed terrorists’ hideout and rescued one woman and three children on November 8.

He added that two bicycles and other items were recovered from the fleeing terrorists.

According to him, on November 3, troops of Army Super Camp 7 deployed in Bama, successfully thwarted a suicide attempt on their camp.

“The vigilant troops sighted and neutralized the lone female suicide bomber before she could detonate her vest,” Onyeuko said.

“In another development, troops of Army Super Camp 11 deployed at Gamboru on Nov. 3, killed Boko Haram terrorists and forced others to flee with possible gunshot wounds.”

“Resulting from the encounter, the troops captured one AK 47 Rifle and 2 Boko Haram terrorist flags.”


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Aliyu Dahiru

Aliyu Dahiru Aliyu is a senior reporter, researcher and a fact-checker. He heads the extremism and radicalisation desk. Tweets: @Aliyussufiy

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