The Nigerian Army says its forces from Operation Hadin Kai in the North East killed more than 20 Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists at the Lambom Forest in Borno state on Sunday.
Several weaponry, including antiaircraft guns and gun vehicles, were alleged to have been captured by the forces during the operation.
The action was carried out in collaboration with the Air Task Force, according to Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR) in a Monday update.
General Nwachukwu hinted; “Nigerian Army troops of Sector 2 Joint Task Force North East Operation HADIN KAI in conjunction with the Air Task Force on Sunday 20 June 2021 inflicted heavy casualty on Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) Terrorists groups who were camping around Wartek in the general area of Lambom forest.”
He said, acting on credible intelligence, the troops with close air support from the Nigerian Air Task Force component swiftly carried out a simultaneous land and air offensive, penetrating deep into Lambom forest in Borno state.
“The gallant troops over ran the position of the terrorists with heavy volume of fire from both land and air, killing over 20 insurgents.
“The troops also captured heavy fire weapons and arms, including three Anti Aircraft Guns, three AK 47 Rifles and two Gun Trucks, aside two other Gun Trucks that were destroyed by the troops.
“The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Major General Faruk Yahaya has congratulated the troops for the successful conduct of the operation.
“He enjoined the troops to sustain the ongoing offensive under Operation HADIN KAI, until the insurgents are completely surmounted.
“The COAS reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian Army under his leadership to bring terrorism and insurgency to an end in the North East”, the DAPR said.