The Nigerian Army said yesterday that scores of Boko Haram terrorists’ were killed, several arms and ammunition recovered and 16 hostages rescued when its troops backed by Airforce aircraft, launched clearance operations on Ngoshe and Gava villages close to Gwoza.
A statement from Army headquarters signed by Col Sani Usman, detailing the operations said, “Troops of 121 Task Force Battalion, 26 Task Force Brigade, accompanied by a large number of Civilian JTF from Gwoza, embarked on a very aggressive patrol that dislodged remnants Boko Haram terrorists hibernating at Ngoshe and Gava villages, located close to Gwoza on the mountainous terrain”.
“The essence of the robust patrol which was supported by the Nigeria Air Force and Cameroonian Defence Forces who provided air cover and real time Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance, was to clear the remnants of the terrorists hiding in the mountainous area and rescue all persons held hostages by the Boko Haram terrorists. “While advancing towards their objective in Ngoshe, the patrol team encountered Boko Haram terrorists”. “They had to clear the delayed positions staged by the terrorists through the support of the Nigeria Air Force fighter jets. “Although the number of terrorists killed could not be ascertained, quite a number of them where seen falling over the mountains when engaged. “It is equally believed several others escaped with gunshot wounds.