The Nigerian Military Authorities on Monday said, troops led by Lt. General Tukur Buratai fighting in ongoing subsidiary operation in the North-East Theatre of Operation code-named Operation Kantana Jimlan, neutralized 134 insurgents in Borno.
Major General John Enenche, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations said: “The operation which is being conducted preparatory to the final routing of BHT/ISWAP criminals by the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole and coordinated by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has intensified on various fronts, especially within the Timbuktu triangle, leaving the insurgents and their leadership in complete disarray and thus setting the conditions for the commencement of the final assault on their evil enclaves and hideouts.
A war update issued by the Directorate of Defence Media Operations (DDMO) said several Boko Haram and ISWAP targets were engaged with precision by the Nigerian Army Artillery Regiments of Operation Lafiya Dole across the entire war theatre.
It said troops delivered accurate fire on the terrorists who fled in disarray.
The update read “In one of such coordinated artillery bombardments conducted between May 1 and 2, 2020 around the Timbuktu Triangle general area by the Offensive Support Group of Operation Kamtana Jimlan, seven Boko Haram gun trucks were destroyed while 78 BHT/ISWAP fighters were killed as confirmed by both aerial and human intelligence.”
It also revealed that within the same period, another successful artillery engagement to Buk in Damboa LGA of Borno State resulted in the killing 56 insurgents.
“Acting on intelligence that a large number of BHT members were converging at the location which they erroneously considered as being safe from aerial bombardment, the gallant troops of the Nigerian Army Artillery Regiments acquired and engaged the location with deadly precision, inflicting heavy casualties on them.
“As confirmed by our intelligence sources, only a handful of the terrorists escaped the location with gunshot wounds, with little chances of survival,” it added.