Troops have neutralized two terrorists in Borno State after thwarting an ambush plan by the insurgents, the Army announced yesterday.

According to its spokesman, Col. Sagir Musa, the ambush was laid against the troops by desperate members of the Boko Haram terrorists, who were in dire need of food and other essential materials.

He said in a statement that troops on escort duty later killed two terrorists during a fierce encounter that followed.

Col. Musa said: “In its routine effort in providing and  maintaining a secure, and steady passage of persons and goods as well as free vehicular movements on some notable roads/Main Supply Routes (MSR) in the Northeast, troops of 26 Brigade Garrison on patrol and escort duties of civilian merchants and commuters on Wala village and adjoining communities on Saturday, June 22, 2019, had a fierce encounter with desperate terrorists’ ambush team, desperately craving for food and other essentials.

“During the encounter, troops swiftly responded with heavy gunfire, thwarted the ambush, exterminated two terrorists and captured two AK 47 Rifles.

“Subsequently, intelligence revealed that the terrorists were informed by their informants of the troops’ movement in order to use the opportunity to grab foodstuff that they direly need for survival.

“To consolidate on the gains achieved from the ambush clearance, further exploitation of the general area and beyond was undertaken with the troops of 121 Task Force Battalion dispatched to reinforce the 26 Brigade Garrison.

“During advance, troops discovered two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) concealed along their axis of advance. The IEDs were successfully detonated and cleared.

“Despite the IED threat, the resilient troops proceeded further to ensure the general area is  cleared of terrorists and explosives. There is no casualty on the part of Nigerian Army troops during the operation.

“Instructively, the exploits in the ongoing operation “Halaka Dodo” is yielding successes. The Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division Nigerian Army  Operation Lafiya Dole, Brigadier General Abdulmalik Bulama Biu on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff commended the troops for the successes achieved. He urged them to be more vigorous and decisive to end the insurgency. He also conveyed the assurance of the unyielding support of the Chief of Army Staff in this regard.”

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