By Lazarus Zakaa
The Nigerian Army has said it’s troops of Operation Lafiya Dole has killed Not fewer than one hundred and five (105) Boko haram /ISWAP terrorist on 18th April, 2020 at Buni Gari, Yobe state.
Col. Sagir Musa, Acting Director, Army Public Relations made the confirmatory report to press in a statement on Sunday.
According to the Acting Director, the new figure was given by the Commander, Sector 2 Operation Lafiya Dole, Brig Gen Lawrence Araba when he was briefing the COAS on the incident about the successful encounter.
Brig Gen Araba informed Buratai that the recent success was as a result of intelligence report which revealed the planned attack by Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists to attack the village.
The Commander said- “Based on intelligence received about the plan by the terrorists to attack Buni Gari, our troops swiftly intercepted and engaged the criminals in fierce battle that led to the killing of 105 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists as well as the capture of several arms and ammunition from the criminals”. He stated
He however said after the encounter, an aggressive follow up and exploitation operation were carried out by troops of Sector 2, Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD), and he has confirmed the actual total number of casualties of the terrorists as about One Hundred and Five (105),contrary to the 10 earlier given.
“Initial situation report reported that 10 terrorists were Neutralized. However, following exploitation by our troops, a total of 105 Boko Haram/ISWAP Criminals are confirmed to have met their waterloo as a result of the encounter and some of the pictures are here for you to see Sir”.
The Commander further disclosed that items captured from the terrorists include five (5) AK-47 Rifles, three (3) GPMG, one (1) Duska Anti Aircraft Gun, one (1) PKT Gun, two (2) handheld radio, while one (1) terrorists’ gun truck was destroyed.
He added that several ammunition and ammunition links, two(2) hand grenades, two (2) magazines with ammunition and assorted hard drugs were captured.
All the seized arms and ammunition as well as the other items were inspected by the Chief of Army Staff.
Recall that, the Defence media Operations, Defence headquarters had earlier reported that about 10 terrorist were killed during the encounter but after the encounter, the troops had involved in a thorough search and had confirmed the new figure of 105
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, had applauded the troops for their gallantry and resilience during the operation that led to the killing of the 105 terrorists at Buni Gari in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe state on Saturday the 18th of April 2020.
The Army General gave the commendation when he visited the injured troops at the Field Ambulance Logistics Base 3 Damaturu and Special Forces’ School in Buni Yadi on Sunday.
Sagir said, the visit was sequel to the successes recorded by the troops in neutralising 105 Boko Haram and ISWAP Criminals that attempted to infiltrate/attack Buni Gari Village in Yobe State ,which occurred on 18th April, 2020.
According to him, Buratai had earlier visited two officers that were wounded in action during the Buni Gari encounter and other soldiers already on admission at the medical facility in Damaturu before proceeding to the Special Forces’ School in Buni Yadi .
The COAS has however charged the troops to upscale the momentum to ensure the defeat of terrorism very soon while assuring them of the necessary support.