AHMED MARI, Maiduguri
The troops of the Nigerian Army under Operation Lafiya Dole have averted what could have been a major attack on Babangida market by Boko Haram insurgents with a view to looting food items and other valuables.
This happened as scores of insurgents were killed in the repelled ambush along Sasawa road in Babagida Local Government Area of Yobe State.
The Army in a press statement signed by its spokesman, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, said: “Information has so far confirmed that the insurgents whose original mission was to attack and loot the nearby Babbangida market for food and other logistics aborted the mission to stage the ambush on getting wind of the troops’ patrol”.
The statement also said: “Troops of 233 Battalion deployed in Operation Lafiya Dole have neutralised scores of Boko Haram terrorists on Saturday, 21 July 2018 along Sasawa Road in Babbangida Local Government Area of Yobe State while countering an ambush staged by elements of Boko Haram terrorists”.
“The troops encountered the ambush during a fighting patrol to clear the general area of fleeing elements of Boko Haram terrorists who have been on rampage for food and logistics”, he added.According to the statement the gallant troops overpowered and neutralized the insurgents in the fire fight that ensued and successfully extricated themselves from the ambush.
The Arny, however, said unfortunately, while fighting through the ambush, the troops recorded some casualties.The statement further stated that the situation has been brought under firm control by the troops and additional troops have been drafted to the area to reinforce the patrol troops.
“The Air Task Force is on aerial surveillance of the general area to track down fleeing terrorists survivors,” the General said. .
The statement, therefore, urged the people of Babbangida Local Government Area and Yobe State in general not to panic but remain calm and steadfast.
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