By Ajogwu Jerry
Nigerian army troops of 26 Brigade Garrison while on patrol and escort duties of civilian merchants and commuters along Wala village and adjoining communities had a fierce encounter with desperate terrorists’ ambush team desperately craving for food and other essentials.
According to a statement by the Acting Army Spokesman, Col Sagir Musa, during the encounter, troops swiftly responded with heavy gunfire, thwarted the ambush, neutralized two terrorists and recovered two AK 47 Rifles.
Intelligence report revealed that the terrorists were briefed by their informants of the troops movement decided to strike in order to use the opportunity to snatch foodstuff which is scarce in their camp.
“In order to consolidate on the gains achieved from the ambush clearance, further exploitation of the general area and beyond was undertaken with the troops of 121 Task Force Battalion dispatched to reinforce the 26 Brigade Garrison.
“During advance, troops discovered 2 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) concealed along their axis of advance. The IEDs were successfully detonated and cleared.
“Despite the IED threat, the resilient troops proceeded further to ensure the general area is cleared of terrorists and explosives. There is no casualty on the part of Nigerian Army troops during the operation.
Instructively, the exploits in the ongoing operation “HALAKA DODO” is yielding successes”.
The Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division Nigerian Army Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Brigadier General Abdulmalik Bulama Biu on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff has commended the troops for the successes achieved, and urged them to be more vigorous and decisive to end the insurgency.