Nigerian Army says its troop of Operation Fire Ball has eliminated no fewer than 22 Boko Haram terrorists in their continued onslaught against the insurgents in the North East of Nigeria.
Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko, Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, disclosed this to newsmen at the Army Special super Camp 1 Ngamdu, near Borno State on Tuesday.
Onyeuko also revealed that a large number of women and children were rescued unhurt between November 1 to 24, while a terrorist who specialised in the manufacturing of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was captured alive.
“Most importantly, a number of women and children hitherto held captive were rescued unhurt. In this regard, a total of 22 Boko Haram/Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists were neutralised while one terrorist Improvised Explosive Device (IED) expert was captured alive during one of our encounters with them,” he said.
“As a result of the aggressive and offensive actions carried out by the troops, several elements have been neutralised and large numbers of their equipment were captured including large quantities of their logistics consignments which were intercepted recently by our troops.
“Equally, the gallant troops courageously intercepted some Boko Haram criminals while attempting to collect ransom from the relations of the abducted victims leading to the decimation of the criminals and rescue of three women and two children.”
The defence spokesman further explained that large weapons such as gun trucks, anti-aircraft, General Purpose Machines among others were also recovered from the terrorists.
While assuring the residents of its determination to flush out the remnants of the terrorists, the Army said six soldiers injured in action and have been evacuated for treatment.