Scores of Boko Haram jihadists have been killed by troops of 233 Battalion deployed in Operation Lafiya Dole while countering an ambush 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, who said the troops encountered the insurgents at about 12:30 pm on Saturday while on patrol to rid the general area of criminals.
According to Nwachukwu, 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.
The statement added 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.
The army called on the public not to panic as the force is doing all it can to rid the area of the criminal elements.