The troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have killed five suspected insurgents and rescued seven kidnapped victims at Hamdaga Makaranta town in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State.
Maj. Gen. John Enenche, the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, in a statement on Monday, said many injured terrorists fled with gunshots, noting that the troops also cleared nine identified BHT/ISWAP structures and farmlands in the area.
The statement titled, ‘Troops neutralize Boko Haram/ISWAP element, rescue kidnapped victims in Gwoza LGA, Borno State,’ “The troops successfully rescued seven kidnapped victims comprising two females and five children. Currently, the gallant troops have dominated the area with aggressive patrols.”
In the statement, in continuation of the operations against armed banditry and cattle rustling in the North-Central zone, troops of Operation Whirl Stroke arrested four bandits and recovered arms and ammunition during two raids at identified bandits’ camps.
Enenche explained that the soldiers deployed at Guma in Benue State and Keana in Nasarawa State conducted a dawn raid at identified bandits’ camp at Guma forest along the Benue-Nasarawa border following actionable intelligence reports on the camp.
The troops stormed the location and engaged the bandits in a firefight, overwhelming them with superior fire and in the process, killed one bandit while others fled with gunshot wounds into the forest, according to the defence coordinator.
One AK47 rifle, one rifle magazine, one locally-made pistol and three mobile phones at the scene were recovered while the camp was subsequently destroyed.