Nigeria Army has claimed to have killed 1,015 of members of Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorist in the northeastern part of the country in the past seven months.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai made the claim on Sunday, saying the terrorists were killed in different encounters in the region.
He stated these when he hosted the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole to Eid-El-Fitr luncheon at Military Control and Command Centre in Maiduguri, that the terrorists were killed his since his arrival in the Theatre to lead the troops under Operation KANTANA JIMLA, within the period under review.
According to him, some of the notable encounters since the commencement of the Operation include that of Buni Gari, Gaidam, Minok, Dapchi, Baga, Dikwa, Awulari, Ajiri, Pulka, Ngoshe, Alafa and different parts of Sambisa Forest as well as Gajiganna, adding that the Artillery’s airstrike and blockage operations conducted by troops at the Tumbuktu Triangles around Sambisa Forest has been greatly successful.
“This explains why the terrorist have resulted to desperate attacks on towns and villages such as Babangida, Dapchi searching for medical supplies and other logistics to treat their injured colleagues, who are dying like foul in the forest. Overall, since my arrival here in the Northeast on the 4th of April this year, you gallery troops of operation Lafiya Dole have neutralized over 1,015 Boko Haram terrorists.
“Also, you have impressively maintain the blockage of Boko Haram logistics supply chains and freedom of movement within the Tumbuktu Triangles. In a like manner, the Nigerian Army Intelligence Corps has impressively been organised and its operations has greatly improved,” he said.