Troops clear Boko Haram from Baga, Kukawa, oth­ers

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The Nige­rian Army yes­ter­day said troops of the newly formed Nige­rian Army Spe­cial Forces Com­mand (NASFC) Op­er­a­tion Lafiya Dole, dis­lodged ter­ror­ists that at­tacked troop’s lo­ca­tion in Baga, Borno State.

A state­ment from army spokesman, Bri­gadier Gen­eral Sani Us­man said the 707 Spe­cial Forces Brigade dealt the de­ci­sive blow that neu­tral­ized sev­eral ter­ror­ists along that axis.

He said, “The Spe­cial Forces com­menced clear­ance op­er­a­tions on 28th De­cem­ber 2018, where they cleared Zare, Gudum­bali, Kukawa and Cross Kauwa with­out any re­sis­tance from sus­pected ter­ror­ists.”

Us­man said, “Though some of the ter­ror­ists at­tempted to in­fil­trate troops camp at Monguno, the gal­lant troops lured them and neu­tral­ized many of them and re­cov­ered some arms and am­mu­ni­tion.”

He said, “The troops who are in high spirit had since linked up with other forces in Baga where they cleared the Naval Base and the sur­round­ing ar­eas.”

“Un­for­tu­nately, in the process, the Spe­cial Forces lost one of­fi­cer and a soldier, while five other sol­diers sus­tained in­juries.

“The re­mains of the two fallen he­roes and the wounded have since been evac­u­ated. The in­jured sol­diers are in sta­ble con­di­tion and re­ceiv­ing med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

“The troops are now busy con­sol­i­dat­ing and clear­ing ves­tiges of the ter­ror­ists within the north­ern Borno State axis with spe­cial em­pha­sis on the Lake Chad re­gion.

“The Spe­cial Forces at­tained these great strides in close op­er­a­tional syn­ergy with Air Task Force of the Nige­rian Air Force who gave In­tel­li­gence and closes air sup­port by bom­bard­ing the ISWAP ter­ror­ists.

“The out­stand­ing and dare­devil ex­ploits of the NAF’s pi­lots gave more courage and fire­power to the troops. Sim­i­larly, the Nige­rian Navy Spe­cial Forces were not left out of these gal­lant ef­forts,” the Army state­ment said.

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