The Defence Headquarters says that troops of Operation “FIRE BALL” have arrested a Boko Haram member, who specialises in making Improvised Explosive Device(IED) for the terror group, reports Per Second News.
Col. Bernard Onyeuko, the Acting Director, Defence Media Organisation said this on Saturday in a statement.
He said soldiers also foiled an attempt by the terrorists to invade Army Super Camp 19 Bitta and killed scores of their fighters in the battle.
“The troops of Operation FIRE BALL in continuation of aggressive clearance operation to stamp out the remnants of the Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Terrorists in their identified enclaves in the North East region have continued to record more successes.
“On 11 November 2020, troops of 151 Battalion deployed in Special Response Area Miyanti acting on credible intelligence embarked on an aggressive fighting patrol to clear Boko Haram elements in their hideout in the general area of Ladantar Village.
“Expectedly, the gallant troops made contact with the terrorists and engaged them with overwhelming firepower forcing the terrorists to withdraw in disarray.
“But the unrelenting troops gave hot pursuit and inflicted heavy casualties on the fleeing terrorists. In the aftermath of the decisive encounter, 2 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists were neutralised and one terrorist Improvised Explosive Device (IED) expert was captured.
“Also, equipment captured includes one Box of Service Tools, one Gas Cylinder suspected to be for making IED,” he said.
“Similarl, troops of Army Super Camp 19 Bitta came under attack from an unconfirmed number of Boko Haram Terrorists, who attempted to infiltrate the heavily fortified camp.
“The eagle-eyed troops who were at high alert repelled the criminals with superior firepower forcing them to withdraw in disarray as bloodstains littered along their escape paths.”