Troops of 151 Battalion in conjunction with elements of 21 Special Armoured Brigade’s Quick Response Force( QRF) thwarted the kidnap of three civilians by the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno state. This was disclosed by the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu on Monday in Abuja.
According to Col. Iliyasu, the rescue operation took place over the weekend at about when the said troops acting on information made available by some patriotic indigenes, blocked and engaged the insurgents in a fierce fire fight at a crossing point around Firgi village in Bana Local Government Area of Borno State.
He said “the insurgents, who succumbed to the superior fire power of the troops, abandoned the hijacked truck and its occupants and fled in disarray into the forest. ” The gallant troops are still on the trail of the criminal insurgents while the rescued victims have been escorted safely back to their destination. He said that the troops will continue to dominate the area and deny the criminal elements freedom of action within the entire Theatre of operation.
“In another development, at about 9:30 am on 5 October 2019, troops of 114 Task Force Battalion, while on clearance operations, discovered 2 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted by criminal insurgents along BITTA – YAMTEKE Road. ” The devices were successfully detonated by the Explosive Ordinance Disposal team, thus making the route safe again for commuters.
The statement quoted the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai to have appealed to the citizens to continue to support the Nigerian Army’s resolve to completely rid their communities of criminal elements by providing useful information to effectively tackle the myriad of the security challenges facing the nation.