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  • Updated: May 19, 2024

Borno: Army troops ambush, neutralize terrorists, recover weapons

Borno: Army troops ambush, neutralize terrorists, recover we

Troops of the Nigerian Army ambushed terrorists in Lawanti area and a location near Shetimari, Sabon-Gari, and the Amarwa Bulamari Exchange Point in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State, killing seven.

The ambush took place at the two locations on Saturday following credible intelligence report on the movements of the terrorists.

The operations were carried out by troops deployed for counter-terrorism operations in the Northeast in collaboration with the Hybrid Force and the Civilian Joint Task Force. The first operation at Lawanti led to the killing of six terrorists in a fierce battle between the troops.

As contained in a statement by the Nigerian Army on Sunday, the troops also recovered weapons, including one General Purpose Machine Gun and 40 rounds of 7.62 x 51 mm belted ammunition. 

The statement partly reads: "Troops of the Nigerian Army deployed for Counter-terrorism operations in the North East, in collaboration with the Hybrid Force and the Civilian Joint Task Force on Saturday 18 May 2024 made a significant stride in the ongoing operations, neutralizing several terrorists' threats.

"The troops acting on credible intelligence on the movement of the terrorists to carry out their nefarious mission, laid an ambush around the Lawanti area and neutralized 6 of the terrorists in the firefight that ensued. 

"After overpowering the terrorists in the gun battle, the dogged troops recovered one General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) and 40 rounds of 7.62 x 51 mm belted ammunition. 

"In a separate ambush operation, troops acting on actionable intelligence set up an ambush at suspected terrorists' crossing point near Shetimari, Sabon-Gari, and the Amarwa Bulamari Exchange Point in Bama Local Government Area. 

"The troops successfully engaged the terrorists, neutralizing one, while others fled the scene. Troops are on the trail of the fleeing terrorists.

"Troops' morale remains high, as they join forces to more committedly combat terrorism and ensure the safety and security of the region and other troubled areas of the country. 

"We urge members of the public to continue to cooperate with the troops, as they conduct their operations to protect the citizenry against the nation's adversaries."

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