Over Seventy two (72) members of the Boko Haram and Islamic state of West Africa Province ISWAP Terrorists including some top commanders of the Abubakar Shekau faction have been killed by troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE at Banki in Borno state.
This is contained in a statement by the Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche in Abuja.
The statement explains that following a failed attack by Boko Haram terrorists, on troops location at Banki, troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE carried out a counter attack which led to the death of high ranking commanders and other terrorists.
According to the statement the commanders killed were Manzar Halid, Amir Abu Fatima, and Nicap while others wounded with narrow chances of survival include some high profile Commanders and fighters namely: Abu Jamratu AL-Naweer, Kaka Bana and Tareta Babakari.
Equally, a large number of their equipment including gun trucks, motorcycles and bicycles were destroyed by troops in collaboration with the Air Task Force during BHT/ISWAP fighters withdrawal which was in disarray.
Furthermore, credible information indicate that the BHT/ISWAP camp is in chaos and presently unable to conduct any offensive due to heavy losses.
Additionally, the blockade of their spy routes, networks, crossing points and logistics supplies had further crippled the terrorists and limited their freedom of movement and action to the advantage of own troops.
Consequently, the Chief of Army Staff, congratulates the gallant troops for their resilience, courage and dedication to ending the North East security challenge.
The statement adds that the High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria encourages all troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE to sustain the onslaught against the terrorists.