Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole deployed in the Cashew Plantation around Bille Shuwa and Alikaranti villages have quashed an attempt by Boko Haram terrorists to penetrate Maiduguri metropolis in Borno State yesterday at about 8:10 pm.
A statement, on Monday, from Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, Deputy Director Public Relations Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole said the insurgents met stiff resistance from troops who killed six of the insurgents and neutralised 7 suicide bombers in the encounter.
“The troops also recovered 2 AK 47 rifles and 2 Magazines. The Nigerian Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal team have detonated two IED vests recovered from the killed suicide bombers Beaten by the troops and unable to force their way into the metropolis, the insurgents retreated and callously resorted to attacking locals who, reacting to the encounter were fleeing in confusion from Bille Shuwa and Alkaranti villages with Person Borne Improvised Explosive Device.
“Sadly, 15 persons including a soldier have so far been confirmed dead in the encounter, while about 83 persons who suffered varying degrees of injuries are receiving due medical attention.
“Troops are still on the trail of the insurgents. More details will be communicated as further clarifications are made,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, a 14-year-old Boko Haram insurgent, Rawa Babagana has surrendered to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole.
The insurgent escaped from the Boko Haram enclave in Kekeno in the northern fringes of the Lake Chad islands. He is currently been profiled.
“It is clear that the remnants of the Boko Haram Terrorists are hell bent on remaining relevant by attacking soft and vulnerable targets and therefore calls for collective vigilance by all security stakeholders and members of the public.
“Members of the general public are therefore urged to be watchful and discern strange persons and suspicious activities in their communities and report to the security agencies,” the statement added.