The Military High Command on Monday said that the Joint troops of Operation Hadin Kai have neutralized over 37 Boko Haram/Ismalic West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists and several others reportedly suffered serious gunshots wounds.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu.
He said that the operation was successfully executed on Saturday as the troops continued to intensify their onslaught on terrorists’ enclaves in the zone.
The Nigerian Army spokesperson explained that the vigilant troops observed the movement of six gun trucks within the Sambisa Forest general area, which were subsequently located at a settlement near Yuwe.
He stated that consequently the trucks later moved to a remote location, where they were joined by other terrorists in what seemed like a convergence for a meeting.
According to him, “over 50 Boko Haram/ ISWAP fighters were observed to have gathered at the meeting. Having identified the terrorists’ hideout, the Air Component of Operation Hadin Kai immediately dispatched two aircraft to conduct air interdiction on the location
“The strikes, which were carried out under cover of darkness, were successful and devastating, as battle damage assessment corroborated by local sources revealed that over 37 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists were neutralized, while several of them reportedly suffered varying degrees of injury.”
He added that in another development the aircraft retreated to base after the air interdiction, the combat aircrew located another set of four gun trucks about six kilometres South West of Bama.
According to him, “the aircrew immediately relayed the coordinates of the location of the gun trucks to troops of the land component at Bama, who promptly engaged the location with artillery fire bombardment, neutralizing the insurgents’ gun trucks
“The successful joint operations conducted by both the air and land components, with the support of other security agencies under Operation Hadin Kai has yet again underscored the importance of synergy and cooperation in the fight against terrorism and insurgency.”
The statement reiterated that the troops of Operation Hadin Kai remained resolute and unshaken in their effort to bring the insurgents to their knees.