Troops bombard Boko Haram terrorists from both land and air, inflict heavy casualty in Gubio

Troops bombard Boko Haram terrorists from both land and air, inflict heavy casualty on them in Gubio

In a coordinated land and air assault, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have inflicted heavy casualties on elements of Boko Haram terrorists who were attempting to encroach on Gubio town in northern part of Borno State.

In a press statement released by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj Gen John Enenche on Wednesday, it was learnt that several Boko Haram/ Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists were ‘neutralized” and their gun truck destroyed by combined efforts of the land and air forces who “over powered the terrorists with their superior firepower”.

The statement read:

OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE LAND AND AIR COMPONENTS INFLICT CASUALTIES ON TERRORISTS AT GUBIO IN BORNO STATE

1.     Troops of Sector 3 and Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE have inflicted casualties on Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs)/Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) elements who attempted to breach Gubio Town in the Northern part of Borno State yesterday, 7 July 2020. Several terrorists were neutralized and a gun truck destroyed by the combined efforts of the land and air forces who overpowered the BHTs with their superior firepower.

2. During the encounter, a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft and fighter jets were scrambled to the location. The ISR aircraft spotted the terrorists in their gun trucks and vectored the jets to engage them, neutralizing one of the gun trucks and its occupants. The ISR aircraft continued to provide situational awareness as the ground troops engaged the terrorists on the ground, inflicting further casualties on the terrorists.

3. The Military High Command commends Operation LAFIYA DOLE, urging them to intensify their offensives against the terrorists and all other enemies of our Country in the North East while working in concert with other security agencies and stakeholders.

4. You are please requested to disseminate this information, along with the attached declassified short video clip of the attack on the gun truck, through your medium for the awareness of the general public. Thank you for your usual support and cooperation.

JOHN ENENCHE
Major General
Coordinator
Defence Media Operations
Defence Headquarters
8 July 2020

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