In continuation of the successful exploits by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole conducting Operation Deep Punch II to clear Boko Haram insurgents from the Sambisa forest and the Lake Chad Islands, troops on Tuesday successfully cleared and dismantled several insurgents’ camps.
The enclaves were located at Agapulawa, Amuda, Nyawa and Attagara; all within the remaining parts of the Sambisa forest.
The clearance operations progressed further into other identified insurgents’ camps around Tchikide and Chinene, where the troops ferociously engaged and cleared pockets of resistance by the insurgents.
Five (5) of the insurgents were killed in the encounter.
However, as troops probed further in pursuit of the insurgents as they fled, one of the combat vehicles was rammed into, by a terrorists’ Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED), injuring two officers in the vehicle.
The wounded officers were promptly evacuated for medical attention by the Battle Group medical team.
Regrettably, we lost the two gallant officers yesterday afternoon.
The troops have since reorganized in continuation of the operations and remain undaunted.
Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu
Deputy Director Public Relations
Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole