Th Nigerian Army says it has killed several many Boko Haram terrorists in several Borno communities in a simultaneous operation code-named “Operation Hard Strike.”
A statement from army spokesman, Colonel Sagir Musa said at Ranwa 11, troops of 121 Battalion made contact with the terrorists and three of them were neutralized, while many were wounded and others escaped.
He said at the same time, troops of 192 Battalion advanced along with Sabon Gari and Shetimeri villages where they cleared a scout of Boko Haram terrorists and a makeshift shelter for suspected insurgents were destroyed.
He said similarly, on the same Friday the 10th of May, based on credible intelligence, troops of 212 Tank Battalion under the operational command of 7 Division Garrison deployed at Forward Operation Base Gajigana ambushed terrorists attempting to infiltrate Gajigana town/troops’ location.
He said an unconfirmed number of terrorists were exterminated, while two soldiers wounded during the encounter are stable and receiving treatment in a military hospital.
He also said troops of 117 Task Force Battalion in collaboration with the Civilian JTF cleared Mboa, Mboa-Kura, Yarchida, Bombula, Tshata and Bamzir villages.
Since the current insurgency started in 2009, Boko Haram has killed tens of thousands and displaced 2.3 million from their homes and was ranked as the world’s deadliest terror group by the Global Terrorism Index in 2015.
The group based in North Eastern Nigeria and also active in Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon seeks to “purify Islam in northern Nigeria.”