Troops of the Nigerian Army and the Boko Haram insurgents have clashed in Goniri, Yobe State, with the Islamic State West African Province terrorists suffering a defeat.
The troops of 120 Task Force Battalion, Sector 2, Joint Task Force (JTF), North East, Operation Hadin Kai eliminated some of the terrorists, according to the Director, Army Public Relations, Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement on Monday.
According to the statement, the troops, on Saturday, neutralised two insurgents at Ngirbua village in Goniri, Yobe State. One AK-47 rifle, one FN rifle and a motorcycle were recovered from the terrorists.
Also, three terrorists were killed by the soldiers on Sunday while on a fighting patrol around the Mallumti general area of Borno State.
Weapons recovered include three AK47 Rifles, one magazine, quantity 23 of 7.62mm special ammunition. Other items are a pick-up truck, two solar panels, seven mobile phones, foodstuff and provisions, among others.
Nwachukwu said the troops achieved the feat alongside the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF).
The statement reads: “Troops of 120 Task Force Battalion, Sector 2, Joint Task Force(JTF), North East(NE) Operation HADIN KAI(OPHK) in consolidating on their operational feat against Boko Haram(BH) and Islamic State West Africa Province Terrorists (ISWAP) have eliminated the criminal elements in a fierce encounter at Goniri, Yobe State on Saturday 29 January 2022. Troops recorded this feat in conjunction with members of the Civilian Joint Task Force(CJTF).
“In a clearance operation code-named “Operation DOMINANCE I, along the insurgents’ route of manoeuvre at Ngirbua village, the gallant troops neutralized two BH/ISWAP terrorists following a ferocious battle, while others, bowing to troops’ superior firepower retreated in disarray.
“The troops recovered one AK 47 Rifle, one FN rifle and a motorcycle. These are aside other equipment recovered by troops.
“The troops in conjunction with CJTF are currently, combing the general area to track down the fleeing insurgents.
“Meanwhile, Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province Terrorists in Borno State have again suffered a bloody nose on Sunday 30 January 2022, as troops of Sector 3 Operation HADIN KAI deployed at Forward Operating Base Magumeri came in contact with the terrorists while on a fighting patrol around Mallumti general area.
“In the firefight that ensued, the dogged troops neutralised three terrorists and recovered three AK47 Rifles, one magazine, quantity 23 of 7.62mm special ammunition, one pick-up truck, two solar panels, seven mobile phones, foodstuff and provisions, among others.
“The good people of Yobe and Borno states are please enjoined to support the troops with actionable information on the movement of any insurgent in their localities.”