Nigerian troops are continuing their offensive operations against the Boko Haram terrorists in the northeastern part of the country.
On August 21, Friday, troops of 7 Brigade reportedly entered Gudumbali town in Kukawa local government area of Borno state and cleared it of insurgents.
During the operation the troops also reclaimed land mines along Dikwa route, although they lost two soldiers and two others were seriously injured.
The Nation reports that an update on the renewed campaign against Boko Haram was provided by Colonel Sani Usman, the acting director of army public relations.
He said that troops from 7 Brigade and 5 Brigade had bloody encounters with the insurgents in Borno state.
“As part of the continued offensive operations against the Boko Haram terrorists, troops of 7 Brigade have today entered and cleared Gudumbali town, Kukawa local government area of Borno state.
“During the operation, quite a number of the terrorists were killed, while their weapons and equipment were destroyed. The troops are currently doing clearance operations in the general area.
“It should be recalled that the Nigerian Air Force has inflicted heavy damage on the terrorists’ camps within the general area last Monday,” the statement read.
The army spokesman noted that troops were in high spirit and even more determined to destroy the terrorists camps and enclaves.
Earlier this week, Colonel Usman announced that the Nigerian army arrested two key members of Boko Haram in Geidam, Yobe state, during a military operation in the region. The army spokesman also revealed that the Nigerian air force was conducting surveillance following reports that the dreaded terrorist group is planning an attack in Damasak area of the state.
Meanwhile, Muhammadu Buhari expressed his assurance that the end of Boko Haram is near. During an audience with Chadian top officials, the president said that Nigeria and Chad must unite their efforts and more sacrifice to crush the vicious sect.