Following aggressive follow up/exploitation operation carried out by troops of Sector 2, Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) after foiling the attempted invasion of Buni Gari in Yobe state, military authorities on Sunday comfirmed that a total of One Hundred and Five (105) Boko Haram/ISWAP Terrorists were counted as neutralized during the encounter.
This was disclosed by the Commander Sector 2 OPLD Brig Gen Lawrence Araba while briefing the Chief of Army Staff and his entourage who paid an operational visit to the base.
Consequently, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai, applauded the troops for their gallantry and resilience that led to the killing of the 105 terrorists at Buni Gari in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe state on Saturday.
Col Sagir Musa, A ting Director, Army Public Relations who was in the COAS Entourage said, the Army Chief 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.
“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 on the 18th of April 2020”.
Gen Buratai 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 where he and his entourage were briefed on the incident by the Commander, Sector 2 OPLD, Brig Gen Lawrence Araba.
Brig Gen Araba informed him that the recent success was as a result of intelligence report which revealed plan by Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists to attack the village.
According to the Commander – “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.
“Initial situation report reported that 10 terrorists were Neutralized.
“However, following exploitation by our troops, a total of 105 Boko Haram/ISWAP Criminals are comfirmed 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.
While assuring the troops of necessary support, Gen Buratai charged them to upscale the momentum to ensure the defeat of terrorism very soon.
Earlier reports immediately after the attack from the Directorate of Defence Media Operations before exploitation had noted that gallant troops of Sector 2 Operation Lafiya Dole in a subsidiary operation named Operation Lantana Jimlan at about 6.30pm on Saturday 18, April 2020, repelled an attempt by scores of Boko Haram terrorists to invade a community in Buni Garii.
The report said troops in a clinically executed operation responded to a Boko Haram/ISWAP attack on Buni Gari Village in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State.
Major General John Enenche, Coordinator, Defend e Media Operations noted that “During the decisive operation by the troops of Sector 2, over Ten terrorists were neutralized.
“Several weapons were captured which include: One Gun truck, One Duska Anti Aircraft gun,
“Three GPMG, One PKT gun, Three AK 47 rifles, Large cache of ammunition, ammunition links and assorted types of hard drugs.
“Troops morale and fighting efficiency remain high.
“During the fire fight which was won by our gallant troops there was no casualty and no loss of equipment on our side.
“The Armed Forces of Nigeria remain resolute and highly committed to end the Boko Haram insurgency.”