No fewer than 75 Boko Haram terrorists have been killed and several weapons recovered from the militants by Nigerian troops in the northeast region of the country.
The terrorists were killed during an ongoing offensive in the region that resulted in casualties on Boko Haram fighters and loss of equipment.
Aside from the militants killed, four insurgents including two women were captured and later identified to be the wives of the local Boko Haram commander at Gajingi in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
Weapons recovered from the insurgents include one Anti-Aircraft Gun, 13 AK 47 Rifles, one Sniper Rifle, 21 locally made guns, 2 Dane guns, and one Rocket Propelled Gun.
Others are three hand grenades, five Rocket Propelled Gun bombs, 205 rounds of Anti-Aircraft ammunition, 1018 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, and two Boko Haram flags.
Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major-Gen. John Enenche, who confirmed the statistics on Sunday in a statement made available to newsmen on the activities of the troops under Operation Lafiya Dole.
Enenche explained that one Gun Truck, one Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device, one Toyota Starlet car, and several makeshift structures belonging to the terrorists were also destroyed by the gallant troops within the period.
The defense spokesman noted that the Boko Haram fighters met their death during 17 separate encounters with the troops from June 1 to June 30, 2020.
“It is evident from recent encounters with Boko Haram/ISWAP that the resilience of the troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE is being sustained across the North-East Theatre of operation resulting in high BHT/ISWAP casualties on men and equipment as well as capture or surrendering of some of their fighters.
“In their resolve to end BHT/ISWAP menace in the North-East region, from 1 – 30 June 2020, the gallant troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE had a total of 17 encounters with the marauding criminals, neutralizing 75 of them in the process,” he added.
Enenche, however, regretted that during the period, one of their officers was killed and another injured in the process with 35 people rescued. Amongst those rescued are 18 women, 16 children, and one adult male.