A statement issued by a military spokesman, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, disclosed that troops of 25th Task Force Brigade of the Nigerian Army had discovered the IED factory "during a cordon and search operation at Sandia, Kokakowa and Nyaleri villages suspected to be Boko Haram enclaves." The offensive "was part of the determined effort by the military to rout out terrorists in the general area and open more roads hitherto held by the terrorists for public usage," the spokesman said.
The facility was an Improvised Explosives Device- (IED) making factory said Col. Sani Usman, Acting Director of Army Public Relations on Friday. Usman said the destruction of the factory represents a major achievement of the Nigerian army against the group which has been fighting a violent insurgency in the northeast of the country since 2009.
It is another feat achieved by military personnel combing Sandia, Kokakowa, Miyati and Nyaleri villages, along Maiduguri-Bulabulin-Damboa road, in Damboa Local Government Area in the north-east Nigerian for members of the Boko Haram sect terrorising the area. It was also part of the renewed effort and vigour on the part of Nigerian troops to meet up with the set dateline that had turned the tide and momentum of the battle against the Boko haram terrorists.
Nigerian troops (pictured above) have been continuously fighting Boko Haram militants in Northern Nigeria. Throughout the year, the Nigerian military has been attacking Boko Haram strongholds in the Northern regions of Nigeria. While there has not yet been claims of the schoolgirls being rescued, the Nigerian military has said they have rescued other captives throughout the year.
Suspected Boko Haram fighters ambushed a convoy carrying the head of the Nigerian army, the military said on Sunday, sparking a firefight in which 10 militants and a soldier were killed. Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, who was unharmed, was visiting troops in the northeast Saturday when insurgents attacked in Faljari village, 45 kilometres (28 miles) east of Borno State capital Maiduguri, army spokesman Sani Usman said in a statement. "The terrorists encountered an overwhelming firepower from the troops in which 10 of them were killed. The troops captured five terrorists," he said.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Y Buratai Saturday visited troops at Mafa, Dikwa and Logomani. The arrested terrorists have been sent for interrogation while the remains of the gallant soldier and the wounded soldiers were evacuated back to Maiduguri. One interesting aspect of the visit was that Nigerian Air Force led by the Chief of Air Staff; Air Marshal SB Abubakar gave air cover and conducted armed air reconnaissance on the general area.
This is contained in a statement signed by Col. Sani Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations. "The bodies of the two gallant soldiers have been evacuated while the two wounded soldiers are already receiving treatment at the military hospital,'' he said. "The troops in the various formations and units in Operation LAFIYA DOLE are in very high spirits and more determined to destroy the terrorists' camps and enclaves,'' he said.
Thisday reports that soldiers engaged in Operation Lafiya Dole on Friday sustained its ground and aerial offensive against the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in parts of the North-east, clearing land mines, destroying their camps and killing many in the process. Unfortunately, they also lost two gallant soldiers with two others injured through landmines explosives planted by the retreating terrorists that have increasingly adopted guerilla tactics. The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman in a statement yesterday confirmed that the troops have also liberated some towns and villages in Borno State.
On August 21, Friday, troops of 7 Brigade reportedly entered Gudumbali town in Kukawa local government area of Borno state and cleared it of insurgents. "As part of the continued offensive operations against the Boko Haram terrorists, troops of 7 Brigade have today entered and cleared Gudumbali town, Kukawa local government area of Borno state. "During the operation, quite a number of the terrorists were killed, while their weapons and equipment were destroyed.
Troops of 7 Brigade, on Friday, dislodged members of Boko Haram from Gudumbali town, Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State. This latest onslaught on the terrorists came on the heels of a heavy damage the Nigerian Air Force inflicted on the terrorists camps within the general area last Monday. "The bodies of the two gallant soldiers have been evacuated, to the rear, while the other two wounded soldiers have also been evacuated and are receiving treatment at the military hospital," he said.
"During the operation, quite a number of the terrorists were killed their weapons and equipment were destroyed," Mr. Usman, a colonel, said. The bodies of the two gallant soldiers have been evacuated, to the rear, while the other two wounded soldiers have also been evacuated and are receiving treatment at the military hospital.
The terrorists were fleeing the Sambisa Forest, following aerial bombardment by the Nigerian Airforce on Tuesday evening, when they were mowed down. Efforts to reach an agreement to end the violence, including a 2014 deal fostered by Chad, have repeatedly failed during the six-year insurgency waged by the group in its bid to set up a state in the northeast adhering to strict Islamic laws.