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Troops ambush Boko Haram terrorists, recover bicycles
Troops of Mobile Strike Teams, MSTs, 21, on Operation Lafiya Dole, laid a successful ambush against some Boko Haram terrorists in the early hours of Monday along the Firgi-Banki Junction road, Borno State.
According to Sani Usman, the Director of Army Public Relations, “the Troops neutralized a large number of the Boko Haram terrorists, while other terrorists sustained gunshot wounds.”
Among the many items recovered from the insurgents were “18 Bicycles, 15 Bags of grains, 17 Gallons of grain, 5 Empty gallons, 6 Cutlasses, a Sword, water bottles and pairs of slippers”.
Usman stated that “the MSTs were recently inaugurated by Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff launched through Ibrahim Attahiru, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole”.
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“It will be recalled that the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General TY Buratai, through the Theatre Commander, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, recently inaugurated the Mobile Strike Teams (MSTs),” the statement by Sani read in part.
“The teams are the highly-trained and well-equipped groups injected into Operation LAFIYA DOLE with the mandate of securing the Main Supply Routes (MSRs) in addition to conducting limited clearance operations.”
On August 31, the army authorities announced that five top Boko Haram commanders were “neutralised” in an onslaught against the insurgents.
The names of those killed in the attack were given as Abu Dujana, Man Tahiru, Man Chari, Abdullahi Abu Sa’ad and Goni Bamanga.
It was also on August 31 that the 40-day deadline given by Buratai for the army to produce Abubakar Shekau, the Boko Haram leader, elapsed.
But the army authorities said the deadline had been elongated, saying they came very close to apprehending Shekau who is one of the world’s most wanted terrorists.