Boko Haram terrorists have suffered heavy losses following coordinated offensive in three countries by the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).
A statement issued Friday in N’Djamena – Chad by MNJTF Chief of Military Public Information, Colonel Timothy Antigha, said the devastating offensive “in continuation of Operation YANCIN TAFKI” involved troops from Chad, Niger Republic and Nigeria.
“The operation cleared terrorists who have been hibernating in Arege and Metele and Duguri, thereby enabling troops of Sector 2 (Chad) and Sector 3 (Nigeria) to link up with their counterparts in Sector 4 (Niger) around the Kamadougou River.
“In the course of the link up operation Boko Haram Terrorists suffered severe human and equipment losses, as 13 terrorists were killed, while many others sustained injuries. “Furthermore, 3 Guntrucks were captured, while another Guntruck and 3 Motorcycles were burnt. The terrorists also lost 3 Anti-Air guns and several rounds of assorted ammunition among other items,” Antigha said in the statement, a copy of which was electronically made available to News Express.
“Unfortunately,” according to the statement, “3 MNJTF personnel were Wounded in Action during the operation. Accordingly, the wounded were air lifted by the Nigerian Air Task Force and were received in N’Djamena this evening by the Deputy Force Commander, Brigadier General Nouma Melingui, on behalf of the Force Commander, Major General Ibrahim Manu Yusuf. The wounded soldiers have been stabilized and are responding to treatment.”
Anigha recalled that at the recently concluded meeting of Ministers of Defence of MNJTF Troop Contributing Countries in N’Djamena, “the MNJTF was directed to sustain the continuous mobile operations until the last of Boko Haram Terrorist is neutralised.”