Troops of 233 Battalion deployed in Operation Lafiya Dole have killed scores of Boko Haram insurgents while countering an ambush staged by them along Sasawa Road in Babangida Local Government Area of Yobe State.
This was confirmed in a statement by the Deputy Director Public Relations of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu.
According to Nwachukwu, the troops encountered the insurgents at about 12:30 pm on Saturday, while on patrol to rid the general area of criminals.
The statement explained that the army had received information that the original mission of the insurgents was to attack and loot the nearby Babangida market for food and other items but they aborted the mission and staged the ambush after getting wind of the troops’ patrol.
It, however, noted that while fighting through the ambush, the troops also recorded some casualties.
Consequently, “additional troops have been drafted to the area to reinforce the patrol troops, while the Air Task Force is on aerial surveillance of the area to track down fleeing insurgent survivors,” the statement said.
It also urged the public not to panic as the force is doing all it can to rid the area of the criminal elements.