14 insurgents, 3 soldiers killed, As Military-Boko Haram Battle Rages On
The Special Forces deployed to the three states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states under the emergency rule have continued the advance and attack on identified terrorist camps with successes being recorded.
According to the Defence Headquarters in a statement 14 terrorists and three soldiers were dead; one soldier has been missing since after the battles fought at the weekend.
The statement issued by its director of information, Brig-Gen Chris Olukolade, disclosed that the terrorist camp was in disarray as members fled to neighbouring countries.
According to him, patrols are ongoing to secure towns and villages from infiltration, while curfews on identified flashpoints are being enforced.
“Dislodged terrorists have been noted to be in disarray with a large number of them heading backwards to various borders. There bases are being deserted but they are making efforts to evacuate most of the large stock of logistics including scores of vehicles.
“In the course of special forces’ pursuits and operations, a number of encounters have ensued since yesterday. After a mop-up of scenes of battle, 14 terrorists were confirmed dead, while seven vehicles and 13 telephone handsets were recovered. A total of 20 terrorists were apprehended as they fled. Altogether, three soldiers died, while seven were wounded and are being treated in a military medical facility; one soldier is missing”, the statement read.
According to him, “the required reinforcement and logistics have been delivered to forces in front where the forces have been engaging a large number of heavily armed terrorists” since Saturday.
He said the Defence Headquarters is “quite satisfied with the high standard of compliance with operational order and strict observance of the rules of engagement so far. The forces have been directed to maintain the robustness of the patrols and enforcement of curfews where emplaced and ensure that civilians are kept out of harm’s way as much as possible”.
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