By Gom Mirian, Abuja
The Military High Command, has announced the death of some high ranking commanders of Abubakar Shekau’s faction of the Boko Haram terrorists group killed by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole.
Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, who made this known in a statement on Wednesday, in Abuja said, the Boko Haram Commanders were killed in a counter attack carried out by the troops against the terrorists on Tuesday.
According to the statement, the feat was achieved following the sect’s failed attack on troops’ location at the Banki Junction and Response Area Firgi within the 7 Division Strike Group.
“Credible information by human intelligence confirmed the death of some high ranking commanders of the Abubakar Shekau’s faction of the Boko Haram terrorists’ group,” Enenche said.
The BHT/ISWAP Commanders that were killed include Manzar Halid, Amir Abu Fatima and Nicap among others.
He also said that additional 72 members of the sect were also killed during the operation, while others escaped with narrow chances of survival.
He said those escaped include some high profile commanders and fighters who include;Abu Jamratu AL-Naweer, Kaka Bana and Tareta Babakari.
“Equally, a large number of their equipment including gun trucks, motorcycles and bicycles were destroyed by troops in collaboration with the Air Task Force during BHT/ISWAP fighters withdrawal.
” Furthermore, credible information indicate that the BHT/ISWAP camp is in chaos and presently unable to conduct any offensive due to heavy losses.
” Additionally, the blockade of their spy routes, networks, crossing points and logistics supplies had further crippled the terrorists and limited their freedom of movement and action to the advantage of own troops.
“Consequently, the Chief of Army Staff, congratulates the gallant troops for their resilience, courage and dedication to ending the North East security challenge.
” The High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria hereby encourages all troops of Operation Lafiya Dole to sustain the onslaught against the terrorists,” the statement read in part.