Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, led troops in a coordinated operation against Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State, North-East Nigeria.
The operation against the sect led to the death of 134 insurgents.
This was contained in a statement by the Military High Command.
According to the statement issued by Major General John Enenche, the Coordinator of the Directorate of Defence Media Operations, the operation which is part of the Operation Kanta na Jimlan was launched to bring an end to the Boko Haram and the ISWAP terror group.
“The ongoing subsidiary operation in the North-east Theatre of Operation codenamed ‘Operation Kantana Jimlan’ being conducted as part of the conclusive phase of Operation Lafiya Dole is already recording monumental successes.
“The operation, which is being conducted preparatory to the final routing of BHT/ISWAP criminals from the Nigerian territory 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 criminal elements and their leadership in complete disarray and thus setting the conditions for the commencement of the final assault on their evil enclaves and hideouts,” the military said.
The Military noted that the terrorists came under intense fire from the Nigerian Army Artillery Regiments of the Operation Lafiya Dole.
“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 said.
“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 said.
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