Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters said the troops of Operation Fire Ball have arrested one of the bomb makers for the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists in the North East.
The arrest was made as Nigerian troops overran the terrorists enclaves.
The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Benard Onyeuko, disclosed this on Sunday.
He said that the troops operating under Operation Lafiya Dole have continued aggressive clearance operations to identified terrorists’ enclaves.
Onyeuko said the troops on Nov. 11 embarked on an aggressive Fighting Patrol to clear Boko Haram elements in their hideout in Ladantar Village in Borno following a credible intelligence.
He said the troops subsequently engaged the terrorists with an overwhelming fire power forcing the terrorists to withdraw in disarray.
He said the troops also gave a hot pursuit and inflicted heavy casualties on the fleeing terrorists, killing two and captured one of their experts on Improvised Explosive Devices or bombs.
According to him, equipment captured were one box of service tools and one gas cylinder suspected to be for making IED.
Onyeuko disclosed that troops of Army Super Camp 19 Bitta successfully repelled the Boko Haram terrorists who attempted to infiltrate the heavily fortified camp.
He said that the troops forced the terrorists to withdraw in disarray due to superior fire power.
He added that the troops of 26 Task Force Brigade Garrison deployed in Gwoza on Nov. 8 observed terrorists advancing to their location in four gun trucks and unconfirmed number of foot soldiers.
According to him, the gallant troops engaged the marauding criminals with heavy fire power neutralising one suicide bomber while others flee in confusion.
Troops of 192 Battalion deployed in Gwoza also foiled an attempted attack on their location same day.