Nigerian Troops of 25 Brigade operating under Operation Hadin Kai of the Joint Task Force in the Northeast, have killed four terrorists of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), recovering some arms and ammunition in process, Onyema Nwachukwu, Army spokesperson said in a statement.
Nwachukwu said on Thursday, Sept. 2 that the terrorists were defeated during a gunfire exchange along Damboa-Bulabulin-Maiduguri road, Borno State on Wednesday.
“The terrorists who were on espionage along Damboa-Bulabulin- Maiduguri road ran into a fighting patrol team at Kukawa and were neutralised in the firefight that ensued with the troops,” he said.
Nwachukwu added that the troops recovered four AK-47 rifles and four magazines, each loaded with 30 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition from the terrorists.
In a similar operation, troops of 195 Battalion, Sector 1 OPHK in conjunction with elements of Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) at Dusman-Muna Garage, Borno State also killed two ISWAP terrorists in an ambush operation conducted along with an identified ISWAP terrorists’ crossing point at Musari village.
The troops also captured and destroyed an ISWAP logistics vehicle conveying assorted goods and contraband items belonging to members of the terrorist group.
“Items recovered from the terrorists’ vehicle include two bags of Hemp (Cannabis Sativa), two bags of detergent, 120 packets of mosquito coils, 12 mosquito nets, and five textile materials. Other items recovered are two bicycles, two bags of beans, a bag of corn, and some quantity of fish,” the statement added.
Nwachukwu said Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, Faruk Yahaya, in response to the troops’ operations urged them to maintain the aggressive posture in order to decisively root out the terrorists from their various enclaves.
The factional terror group, ISWAP, has heightened its onslaught against security formations in the Northeast since the elimination of Abubakar Shekau, leader of Boko Haram May this year.
HumAngle reports that ISWAP fighters were sighted in a market under one of the localities it controls in Borno State sharing fliers with the locals warning them against cooperating with the Nigerian Army which they called the ‘real enemies.’
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