Shallow graves of some Boko Haram terrorists have been discovered by troops of the 119 Task Force Battalion of 7 Brigade Nigerian Army, on Operation Lafiya Dole during mop up operations in Borno state.
The disclosure was made in a statement by Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, Director Army Public Relations, on Sunday, January 15. According to the force, the bodies, buried in shallow graves, were that of terrorists who had escaped with gunshot wounds and died after an encounter on January 13, 2017.
He said the troops also recovered a 36 Hand Grenade and one 12.7 X 108mm round of ammunition hidden by the terrorists.
Read the statement below:
“Troops of 119 Task Force Battalion of 7 Brigade Nigerian Army on Operation LAFIYA DOLE while on mop up and clearance patrol today, came across graves of Boko Haram terrorists that escaped with gun shot wounds and died after an encounter on 13th January 2017 and buried in shallow graves.
“Similarly, the troops recovered a 36 Hand Grenade and one 12.7 X 108mm round of ammunition concealed by the terrorists.
“The troops have continued their patrols by dominating the general area of Baga, Kangarwa and Dogonchikun with a view to intercepting fleeing Boko Haram terrorists.”
Meanwhile, an announcement was made by the Nigerian army on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, saying that it has discovered a notebook containing the names of Boko Haram members in Sambisa forest.
A report by the Nigerian Bulletin reveals that the army was on a mop-up operation of the forest when they recovered notebooks filled with names of Boko Haram members.
Major General Lucky Irabor, the theater commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, while speaking to the press in Maiduguri said:
“On January 5, at about 1000hrs, our troops conducted a mop-up operation around Camp Zairo general area and recovered additional Boko Haram terrorists’ items.
“They included a pair of black uniform with camouflage design on the edges, a precis on mortar operation written in Arabic, one big size of the Qur’an, and 4 notebooks containing names of terrorists.
“The items also include a list of the terrorists locks, a list of IED materials and method of preparation and breakdown of quantities of arms and ammunition issued to their members. There were also some instructions written in Arabic and a small Boko Haram flag with Arabic inscription.”