Troops of the 33 Artillery Brigade Nigerian Army yesterday concluded the dislodgement and clearing of Boko Haram terrorists from Lame/Burra forest, which traverse Ningi and Torro Local Government Areas of Bauchi State.
The forest has been a notorious hideout of the Boko Haram terrorists from where they organize raids, kidnappings and attacks on hapless and innocent citizens and security forces.
During the operation which started since last weekend, a number of terrorists were killed; their weapons and equipment destroyed, while a sizeable number of arms, ammunitions, foodstuffs, Hilux vehicles, motorcycles and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were captured by the troops.
The captured materials include three Hilux vehicles, 12 motorcycles, four AK-47 assault rifles, 1 Fabrique Nationale (FN) assault rifle, one sub machine gun (SMG), one Police teargas pistol, 36 primed IEDs, 56 rifle magazines, over 500 rounds of 7.62 milimetre ammunition, six jerry cans of groundnut and palm oil and several IED-making materials amongst others.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General KTJ Minimah, has commended the troops for the professional manner in which clearance of the forest was achieved,
With the clearing of the Lame/Burra Forest, the surrounding communities are expected to enjoy increased peace and security in their respective areas, the Nigerian Army said in a statement.