Smarting from the heavy casualties suffered in recent times in the hands of Boko Haram/ISWAP, troops of the Nigerian Army have killed scores of the terrorists in an ambush in Wulgo and Gwoza Borno State.
It would be recalled that an army commander and six soldiers were killed by Boko Haram in Mainok at the weekend.
Following alleged infiltration by the Islamist insurgence, military commanders have devised new pre-emptive and swift counter-terrorism strategies.
An intelligence source said the new strategies paid off in operations at Gwoza and Wulgo where troops repelled attacks and pre-empted attempted strikes.
The source said: “At Wulgo near Gamboru, the air taskforce was able to destroy two guntrucks of the terrorists while the ground troops captured three other guntrucks… Bodies of the terrorists littered the areas. No casualty on the side of the troops.
“The Gwoza operation was successfully executed after credible intelligence indicated that terrorists were advancing towards Lokodissa- Yamtake with a mission to infiltrate military facility in the axis. The strategic ambush was so successfully carried out in this rocky and hilly town that borders Cameroon.
“Troops also cleared Boko Haram settlements and Camps in mountainous Kwatara axis at Mandara Mountain. During fire fight, the troops pursued terrorists beyond Mango plantation.
“With the support of multinational Joint Taskforce in conjunction with the Civilian JTF, the troops pursued the terrorists who fled uphill. Because of the rugged terrain, the military deployed mortar, artillery and Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) in shelling the targets during the operation.”