Troops of 212 Battalion deployed at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Jakana, on Wednesday have neutralised unconfirmed number of Boko Haram/ISWAP Terrorists following their attempt to infiltrate the military base in dire need for logistics.
Col. Ado Isa, Deputy Director Public Relations, Operation LAFIYA DOLE disclosed this in a release signed and made available to newsmen on Friday.
The statement read: “the terrorists came at about 18:45 hours in 7 Gun Trucks and fought fiercely to infiltrate the camp, but the attack was thwarted with heavy fire and bombardment by the gallant and patriotic troops who were vigilant and battle ready.
“The terrorists couldn’t bear the fire power any longer after loosing significant number of both equipment and personnel in an exchange of fire. They lost initiative and withdrew in disarray along the Benisheikh – Damaturu axis, – abandoning a damaged utility Gun truck which was earmarked to convey looted items.”
It was revealed that the troops recovered items which include: 1 x Anti Aircraft Gun , 2 x Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Tubes, 2 x AK 47 Rifles, 15 x Machine Gun rounds, 12 x AK 47 NATO rounds.
Col. Isa said the army lost a Colonel and a Captain as well as 3 soldiers on transit from Maiduguri to Damaturu who ran into an ambush staged by the routed/fleeing terrorists from the Jakana axis.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai while commiserating with the families of the fallen heroes reiterated that “Personnel of the Nigerian Army will never be deterred in the ongoing noble and patriotic fight against terrorism and insurgency in the North East”. He further commended the efforts of the entire troops in the theatre and charged them to remain the focus, highly committed and professional in the discharge of their constitutional roles.
The sacrifices of the fallen heroes in the ongoing fight against terrorism and insurgency are no doubt painful to all, but that will further spur us to do more to ensure that our country remains secured, peaceful and free from terrorist activities for the overall interest of the nation.