Nigerian Troops of the Joint Task Force in the North East, Operation Hadin Kai have continued to lose personnel as Boko Haram and Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists killed two more in an encounter at Forward Operating Base, Gajiram Nganzai Local Government Area of Borno State on November 28, two days after the funeral service for Brig. Gen. Dzarma Zurkushu, at which President Muhammadu Buhari was conspicuously absent.
In a statement announcing the fatal encounter, the Director Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, declared that the Land and Air Components of the Operation participated and successfully killed several of the fighting terrorists.
“The vigilant troops of Sector 3 Operation HADIN KAI supported by the Nigerian Air Force component,” he said, “brought devastating volume of fire on the terrorists, while attempting to infiltrate the Forward Operating Base using Gun trucks and several other weapons.”
“The terrorists, having suffered several human and equipment casualties as at the time of this report, retreated in disarray.
“The gallant troops, who are currently exploiting the withdrawal route of the fleeing terrorists, have so far recovered 10 AK 47 riffles, one Anti Aircraft Gun, one Shilka barrel, one 60mm Mortar tube and 61 rounds of PKT riffle ammunition amongst others. Several charred remains of the terrorists were also uncovered along the route.
“Sadly, two gallant soldiers paid the supreme price during the encounter,” he added.
There is no word yet from the Nigerian Presidency concerning the unfortunate fatal development.
However, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya has reportedly charged the troops to aggressively maintain the momentum of the pursuit and not relent until the remnants of the fleeing terrorists are destroyed.