It emerged yesterday that troops of 28 Task Force Brigade of Sector 1 “Operation LAFIYA DOLE” have dealt a heavy blow on Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) who attempted to attack Askira Uba in Borno State.
Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 7 Division, Maiduguri, Col. Ado Isa who confirmed this to newsmen said the terrorists were suspected to have come from Sambisa Forest, mounted on over 15-gun trucks and approached the town from different directions simultaneously.
The troops responded and engaged the criminals with superior fire power, he said.
Isa further stated that the terrorists suffered huge losses both in men, materials and equipment.
He said the troops captured four gun trucks from the criminals while some additional gun trucks were also destroyed by the Air Task Force that responded swiftly.
Isa also stated that scores of the terrorists were killed and over 20 terrorists dead bodies were counted.
He added that three boxer motorcycles, three Anti- Aircraft Guns, two PKT Machine Guns, ten AK 47 Rifles and 13 Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Bombs as well as large cache of ammunition and other weapons were captured from the terrorists.
Isa said one soldier paid the supreme sacrifice and two others were wounded during the encounter and are stable and responding to treatment.
He prays for God grant repose to the soul of the dead soldier and quick recovery to the two Wounded in Action Soldiers.
He said the troops of “Operation LAFIYA DOLE” under the guidance of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai would continue to sustain the aggressive, offensive posture to rid the entire North East of remnants of Boko Haram/ISWAP criminals, rapists and marauders.