Nigerian soldiers (Photo: VOA News)
The Acting Chief, Coordinator for Defence Media, Brig.-Gen. Benard Onyeuko In a statement on Tuesday confirmed that ‘Operation Fire Ball’ was a subsidiary operation under ‘Operation Lafiya Dole.’
Onyeuko added that during the meeting across the operation theatre, the troops also rescued a woman and three children as well as retrieved a large cache of weapons.
According to him, troops captured one Armoured Personnel Carrier (VBL), one Gun Truck, one NSVT Anti Aircraft Gun, one QJC Anti Aircraft Gun, one Rocket Propelled Grenade Tube, one PKT gun, one GPMG, one QJC Extra Barrel, six AK47 rifles, 311 7.62 mm NATO Ammunition rounds from the encounter.
Onyeuko also announced that 151 Task Force Battalion troops deployed at Miyanti in the Bama Local Government Area of Borno destroyed the hiding place of terrorists and rescued one woman and three children on 8 November.
According to him, Army Super Camp 7 troops deployed to Bama on Nov. 3 successfully thwarted a suicide attempt at their camp.
“The vigilant troops sighted and neutralized the lone female suicide bomber before she could detonate her vest.
“In another development, troops of Army Super Camp 11 deployed at Gamboru on Nov. 3, killed Boko Haram terrorists and forcing others to flee with possible gunshot wounds.
“Resulting from the encounter, the troops captured one AK 47 Rifle and 2 Boko Haram terrorists flags,”
He also assured the people of the military’s determination to finally remove from their enclaves the remnants of the Boko Haram Terrorists / ISWAP terrorists.
Nigeria’s News Agency (NAN) reports that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai said, the launch of Operation Fireball, was the final attack against the Boko Haram insurgency.
He said the new operation would be expanded to hideouts of insurgents in the Sambisa Forest, the Mandara Mountains and the area of Lake Chad.
Source The Gazette Nigeria