CRIME

Nigerian Troops Kill 20 Boko Haram/ISWAP Terrorists in Baga

The troops of an antiterrorism squad of the Nigerian Army, code-named Operation LAFIYA DOLE, has neutralised twenty (20) Boko Haram/ ISWAP terrorists around Baga in the northwestern part of Borno State.

The terrorists were on their way to attack some villages in Baga, armed with mortars, rocket-propelled grenades, as well as small arms. They were intercepted in an offensive operation of the troops of 130 Battalion, with support from Army Super Camp Baga, in a fierce battle at the north west of Baga town Sunday yesterday, 17th of May 2020. The troops, on encountering them, attacked their convoy with overwhelming firepower, killing 20 BHT/ISWAP criminals, captured six AK 47 Rifles, 520 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and five 36 hand grenades.

There was, however, casualties as nine of the Army fighters sustained various degrees of injuries while in action, but fortunately, there was no loss of life. The wounded were evacuated to Sector 3 hospital for treatment.

The Operation LAFIYA DOLE which is a Hausa term meaning PEACE IS A MUST, was established as Operation ZAMAN LAFIYA in July 2015. It has undergone several reorganization and in 2016 was renamed as Operation LAFIYA DOLE. It was further reorganized in 2018 to fast track the antiterrorist activities in the North East of Nigeria. General T. Y. Buratai is presently overseeing its operations hands-on. The Chief of Army Staff commended the troops for their professionalism and directed them to remain resolute towards eradicating the criminals from the North East.

Source: Defence Headquarters

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